Ships' Cargoes (Unloading).

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 20th December 1934.

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Photo of Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt Captain Thomas Sotheron-Estcourt , Pontefract

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asked the President of the Board of Trade whether foreign ships bringing cargo to British waters are allowed on disembarking such cargo to employ their own crew, or whether they must employ British labour; and whether the rule abroad is that cargoes on British vessels must be unloaded by employés of the port where they are discharged?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I am advised that it is not the practice of foreign ships to employ their crews to unload cargoes in British ports, and that if in any particular instance it were desired to employ the crew of a foreign vessel for this purpose the employer would have to apply to the Ministry of Labour for a permit under the provisions of the Aliens Order, 1920. I understand that in foreign countries it is the general rule for local labour to be employed.