Captain A. EVANS
asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the number of officers in the Mercantile Marine, including deck and engine departments, who are at present unemployed; and whether, in view of the disability of these men with regard to unemployment benefit, any steps will be taken to assist cases of distress?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
I have no exact information as to the number of officers of the Mercantile Marine who are at present unemployed, but I am aware that it is considerable. The Board of Trade have no funds at their disposal for the relief of cases of distress, and I am afraid that the unemployment of persons outside the scope of the Unemployment Insurance Acts is not confined to officers of the Mercantile Marine.