§ 40. Mr. JOWETT
asked the President of the Board of Trade what proportion of seafaring men as compared with profiteers, professional men, and officials, he intends to appoint on the proposed committee to advise as to the instructions to be given to the British delegates to the forthcoming international conference on load-line and freeboard tables revised in 1906?
The constitution of this committee will be announced shortly, and I am not in a position to make a detailed statement on the subject at the present moment. As I have already stated, the questions and calculations involved in the determination of freeboard are of a highly technical character, and no advantage would be gained therefore by appointing a committee representing various interests. The committee will, however, be prepared to receive evidence from seafaring men or others.