British Seamen and Lascars.

Oral Answers to Questions — Mercantile Marine. – in the House of Commons on 25th July 1939.

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Photo of Mr Walter Windsor Mr Walter Windsor , Kingston upon Hull Central

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) the number of lascars employed in British ships for each of the years 1930–38, inclusive; (2) the number of domiciled British seamen employed on British ships for each of the years 1930-38, inclusive?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

Particulars as to the domicile of seamen are not available, but I will circulate in the Official Report such information as is compiled.

Following is the information:

The numbers of British seamen and lascars employed on sea-trading vessels registered in the United Kingdom, which were employed at some time during each of the years 1930 to 1938, were as follow:
Year.British seamen (other than lascars).Lascars (British subjects and foreigners).
1930160,86556,416
1931140,553*55,373
1932131,27752,117
1933125,83949,080
1934124,99348,293
1935125,76548,009
1936129,775*47,307
1937132,29948,658
1938131,74950,702
* Of the 108,882 British seamen recorded at the Census of Seamen taken on 26th April, 1931, the birthplace of 98,956 was stated to be in the United Kingdom, the corresponding figures for the Census taken on 15th June, 1936, being 101,887 and 91,176, respectively.