HC Deb 14 June 1880 vol 252 cc1990-1

said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether the attention of the Lords Commis- sioners has been at any time called to the hardships which many of the Coast Guard stationed in Ireland are frequently subjected, on the voyage in the cutter, owing to the insufficient accommodation, from distant parts of the coast to the training ship, in consequence of which some are said to have suffered from illnesses that contributed to their permanent disablement from active service; and to inquire whether all necessary purposes would not be as well served by giving the men travelling expenses, and allowing them to proceed to their destination, as far as practicable, overland?


in reply, said, that he could assure the hon. Member that no complaints of the kind alluded to in his Question had been received at the Admiralty. The cutter was only used for voyages to parts of the coast of Ireland where the coast was not easily accessible; the men were invariably sent by land. A Report had been ordered as to the position of affairs alluded to by the hon. Member, and he could assure him that a careful inquiry would be made into the matter.