Merchant Seamen (Welfare)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 20th January 1944.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the Minister of Labour how many rest centres have been established for merchant seamen in need of a period of rest and recuperation after the strain of war service; and whether he proposes to establish any additional centres.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Two such rest centres have been set up and a third will open shortly. The Seamen's Welfare Board have not advised that any further centre is needed.

Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is satisfied that adequate accommodation for merchant seamen exists at Aberdeen and, if not, whether he will consider establishing a Merchant Navy house at that port.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The need for accommodation for merchant seamen in Aberdeen will be adequately met when the extensions and adaptations at present being carried out on the advice of the Port Welfare Committee at the Aberdeen Sailors' Home are completed. The Port Welfare Committee have not recommended the setting up of a Merchant Navy House, but they have recommended the setting up of a United Merchant Navies Club, and this club is being established.