has left Immingham on hoard the s.s. Eastmoor as a member of the crew, holding the trade union ticket of the N.S.F.U. and expects to be away several months.
Before leaving he explained the object of the trip as an effort to study the movement of British goods to foreign ports, the manner in which they were received by the public there and the point of view of quality as compared with other countries.
He said that ever-moving tariffs were an important factor in the success of British industry and he would like to see the difficulties overcome.
"1 also want to have personal experience of the conditions under which seamen earn their livelihood." He added, "I believe a great future exists for British shipping. Such difficulties as are being experienced in respect .to coal export trade, in my opinion, need immediate attention, even to the point of the repealing of the Coal Mines Act."
Mr. Pike has represented Attercliffe since 1929 and has been before the public in industrial areas for the last 20 years. He has a great knowledge of coalfields, and has had a very interesting carerer, having started work at 13 as a lathe boy. He later joined the ar: y and served 4 years. On leaving he went to Manchester University to study economics and came out with a good degree.
When leaving on his trip Mr. Pike said in conclusion that he hoped his venture would contribute towards the future prosperity of the country.