HC Deb 13 February 1877 vol 232 cc260-1

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether his attention has been called to the case of the "Irton," of Whitehaven, which is alleged to have arrived in Bristol with ore in an overloaded condition, so much so that even the owner's load-lines on both sides were under the water; and, whether, if the account be true, it is the intention to punish such a breach of the Law?


My attention, Sir, has not been called to the state of the Irton on her arrival. There may be information in possession of the officer in charge of the district which has not yet reached the Board of Trade. The Notice of the Question having only appeared this morning, I have not had time to ascertain whether the statement that this ship came home overloaded from a foreign port is correct. As soon as I receive information, I will communicate it to the hon. Gentleman.