HC Deb 08 July 1875 vol 225 c1136

asked the President of the Board of Trade, When the Departmental Committee appointed to inquire into the Rules regulating the Rule of the Road at Sea are expected to make their Report; and if, prior to the conclusion of the investigations of the Committee, he will cause to be added thereto a few experienced steam and sailing collier shipmasters, who have daily experience of the working of the Rule?


Sir, the Departmental Committee on the Rule of the Road at Sea are at the conclusion of their work. Their Draft Report is already in my hands. There are, however, men among them eminently answering to the description of the proposed addition to their number as men of first-rate practical experience, and I do not think the addition of collier shipmasters would have added to their authority.