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Non-Domiciled Seafarers

Volume 984: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement on the Government's attitude on the recommendations in the report on the employment of non-domiciled seafarers, which had been adopted by the previous Government.

As the hon. Gentleman knows, implementation of the recommendations of the report has been delayed by objections raised by the Governments of the countries in which most of the seamen concerned are domiciled. If either side of the shipping industry has any suggestions for solving the problem the Government would be prepared to discuss them.