asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will define his use of the term "nonprofessional seaman" for the purpose of immigration controls.
The term is used to describe members of ships' crews who have little or no experience of seafaring and were engaged to do unskilled work.
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many seamen who were refused leave to enter for shore leave or other purposes in the last quarter of 1979 (a) remained on board ship in the custody of the master and (b) were detained on shore under the authority of an immigration officer.
The number of seamen refused leave to enter for shore leave during their ships' stay in port or for other purposes in the last quarter of 1979 was 298. Separate figures for those detained on board ship and on shore could be obtained only at disproportionate expense.