§ MR. HAVELOCK WILSON
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he can state how many seamen were drowned during 1896, on British vessels, by reason of wrecks or casualties; how many seamen were injured during the same period from similar causes; how many seamen were killed on British vessels by accidents during the same period; and how many seamen were injured from the same cause; and whether he can state the total number of persons employed on British registered vessels during 1896?
§ MR. RITCHIE
Figures showing the deaths of and injuries to seamen employed in British ships registered in the United Kingdom are now published monthly in The Labour Gazette. These figures show that, excluding Lascars, the number of seamen reported in 1896 to have been lost by shipping casualties to trading vessels registered under Part 1 of the Merchant Snipping Act 1894, was 941, and the number injured was 96. The number killed in such vessels by accidents other than wreck was 728; and the number injured was 2,027. The number of persons employed in December 1896 in trading vessels registered under Part 1 of the Merchant Shipping 732 Act 1894, was 188,445, excluding Lascars. The number of Lascars employed in 1896 was 29,999.