§ 39. Mr. G. NICHOLSON
asked the Minister of Labour how many British-born seamen are at present unemployed?
§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Mr. Oliver Stanley)
The number of unemployed seamen, aged 18 and over, on the registers of Employment Exchanges in Great Britain at 28th January, 1935, the latest date for which figures are available, was 37,58.5. Separate statistics in respect of British-born seamen are not available.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are nearly 50,000 foreign and coloured seamen employed on British ships, and has his Department any plans for putting British sailors into those foreign seamen's jobs?
Captain ARTHUR EVANS
Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the figures quoted include British coloured seamen who are domiciled in Great Britain?