HC Deb 01 February 1961 vol 633 c136W
Mr. Thornton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress had been made during 1960 by the Hong Kong Government to get the direct recruitment of seamen extended under Part III of Section 114 of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1953.

Mr. Iain Macleod:

The Hong Kong Government have continued their efforts to encourage shipowners to recruit seamen direct and informal talks have been held with representatives of the seamen. The support both of shipowners and of seamen is essential for any changes.