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British Seamen (Foreign Imprisonments)

Volume 236: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he can state the number of cases of imprisonment of British seamen in foreign ports which have occurred in the past five years under the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, Sections 220 to 230; in what countries and ports the cases occurred; the average terms of the sentences; if there were delays prior to the hearing of the cases; and whether there is any record of the subsequent careers of the seamen concerned after release?

I have no record of any case of imprisonment of a British seaman in a foreign port during the past five years for an offence under any of Sections 220 to 230 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894.