HC Deb 24 July 1879 vol 248 cc1178-9

asked the President of the Board of Trade, What measures he intends adopting for the purpose of giving effect to the alterations recommended by the Departmental Committee of the Board of Trade relative to the better navigation of the River Thames, as shown to be necessary in the collision which took place between the "By well Castle" and "Princess Alice?"


Sir, the hon. Member is, I think, aware that the Report of the Committee upon the Navigation of the River Thames has only been presented to me within the last few weeks. He is also aware of the importance and value of the Report and of the evidence, and of the bulky character of the documents in question. They will require, and will receive, the most careful consideration of the Government, in concert with the River authorities. Legislation, I need hardly say, is at present out of the question; but it is clear, from the proceedings of the Committee, that the River authorities are fully aware of the responsibility which rests upon them in this matter.