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r SAILORS AND EMPLOYERS LIABILITY, DEBATE IN THE COMMONS. In the House of Commons on Tuesday, The debate on the Address was resumed by Mr. J. H. WILSON (R., Middlesborough), who moved an amendment calling on the Govern- ment to extend the provisions of the Em- ployers' Liability Bill to British seamen. Ship- owners, he said, had always been fortunate in intimidating Governments who had endea- voured to deal with the question, though they blithely voted for legislation to impose upon employers a share of the responsibility for the safety of their employes. It was, however, a mistake to suppose that respectable shipowners were opposed to seamen having an Employers' Liability Act. The present Government was very much afraid of the shipowning influence, but they had no need to be. The leader of the House had stated it was the intention of the Government to bring in a Bill for seamen at a very early date, but they had not fulfilled their pledges. If the Government left this amendment to the decision of the House he was sure there would be a majority of ten to one in favour of it, and all the shipowning members, with two or three exceptions, would vote for it. Mr.. S. WOODS (R., Essex, Walthamstow) seconded. Admiral FIELD (U., Sussex, Eastbourne) said he was utterly opposed to this kind of legisla- tion, and it was the worst thing the Govern- ment could do to bring the seamen, as.-a class, under the Liability Act. He did not think the seamen wanted this legislation. They would much rather have legislation dealing with un- seaworthy ships, undermanning, and overload. ing. Colonel DENNY (U.. Kilmarnock Burghs) argued that, from the point of view of the sea- men, the proposal of the amendment would be absolutely infufracient-that nothing short of a well-considered scheme of compensation would ever satisfy the men. Sir M. WHITE RIDLEY (Home Secretary) did not think the seamen would be so much benefited by being brought within the Employers' Liability Act as within the Workmen's Compensation Act. He was not to be blamed for regarding the latter as better than the Employers' Liability Act or than the Bill introduced by the late Home Secretary. The Act of 1880 was in- complete and unsatisfactory, and by their own action the Government had done their best to render it obsolete. But they were certainly not prepared in the present session of Parlia- ment to propose tp amend or extend the Act of 1897. They had never taken up the posi- tion that seamen ought not to be included within the provision of the Act. On the con- trary, they recognised the dangerous character of the industry, and believed that the time would come-and he hoped before long-when the provisions of the Act would be extended to them. But it had only been in operation seven or eight months, and could not be ex- tended until there had been more experience of its working. Mr. ASQUITH (R., Fife, E.) !-aid the case brought forward by the mover of the amend- ment was irresistible, and no serious attempt was made to answer it. Seamen of all classes of workers in the country meet needed protec- tion, and least got it, and if that did not con- stitute a. case of urgent need he did not know by what scale of priority they were to discrimi- nate between the different items of their pro- gramme of social reform. Sir EDWARD HILL (U., Bristol) said he did not know of any class of labour more hedged round by Government legislation than that of the sailor. A ship could not leave the port unless the officers of the Board of Trade were satisfied. The amount of cargo was regulated, thlB engines carefully examined, and before her registry a certificate had to be produced by the Government officer showing that the accommodation for the seamen, both as re- garded ventilation and sanitary regulations, were in accordance with the Act of Parlia- ment. The provisions were also subject to examination. Transfer from sail to steam had conduced very much to decrease the annual loss of life at sea, but, however careful they might be, there were a certain number of accidents which could not be prevented, and he failed to see that they would decrease the numbers even if tBey included sailors in the present Bill. He reminded the hon. member for Middlesborough that shipowners were not infallible, and that, at least, they had self- interest, and that this alone would prompt them to see that their ships were well cared for. He would also point out that the amend- ment did not meet the case of ships going to sea 4nd never more being heard of. As far as he was personally concerned, he desired to see our sailors properly and suitably provided for, and he was glad to hear that the Home Secretary proposed in duie time to introduce a Bill suited to the industry, and to give a certain amount of compensation to sailors. The shipowners did not consider money when the lives of their sailors were concerned, and it was desirable that our sailors should not be debarred from receiving the same considerar tion as their brethren on shore. Sir F. Evans, Mr. Gibson Bowles, and Sir J. Joicey having spoken, Mæ. T. P. O'CONNOR (R., Liverpool, Scotland) moved an amendment to the amendment, declaring that seamen ought to come within the provisions of the Workmen's Compensation Act, not the Employers' Liability Act. This, having been seconded by Mr. GALLO- WAY (U., Manchester, S.W.), was accepted by Mr. Havelock Wilson. Mr. HAVELOCK WILSON said that if he could get an undertaking that the Government would deal with the matter next year, he would not press the amendment to a division, but no answer was returned from the front Bench, and the House divided. There voted:- For the amendment 125 Against 206 Government majority gi

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