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Seaman, Jamaica (Treatment)

Volume 649: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport, if he is aware that a Bristol seaman, whose name has been supplied to him, who missed his ship at Port Antonia, Jamaica, was held in prison by the immigration authorities, had his request to see the shipping agent ignored, and his request to see a priest refused, was given no towel or soap to wash himself, had to travel seventy miles in a truck and was given only bread and red beans during the eight days he was locked in a cell; and if he will take steps to prevent such treatment to British seamen taking place again.

I am having inquiries made into this incident and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.