HC Deb 09 February 1875 vol 222 cc160-1

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the attention of the Government has been called to the proceedings of an inquest held on the body of Charles Coxhead, whose death, on the 2nd of December, 1874, was caused by the defective arrrangements of the lift at the Foreign Office; whether any accident, though not of a fatal character, had previously occurred from the same cause; and, whether, during the two months that have elapsed since the death of Charles Coxhead, any alteration has been made in the lift or the arrangements connected with it, in compliance with the recommendations of the coroner to prevent the recurrence of similar calamities?


The attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to the melancholy accident which occurred on the 2nd of December. I am informed that an accident of a far less serious character occurred in connection with the lifts some time ago. I am not aware of any other casualty having happened. Since the death of Coxhead alterations have been made in the arrangements connected with the lifts, and the Foreign Office is still in communication with the Office of Works with a view of making those arrangements entirely secure.