HC Deb 05 March 1880 vol 251 c430

asked the Parliamentary Secretary of the Board of Trade, If he is prepared to prosecute the owner of the ship "Louisa Fletcher" on the charge of sending an unseaworthy ship to sea; and, if not, if he would explain why he does not think it desirable to do so?


In the absence of my hon. Friend, I beg to be allowed to answer the Question. I have referred all the official Papers connected with the case to my legal adviser for the purpose of ascertaining whether any offence has been committed as to which it would be my duty to direct a prosecution. In the meantime I can give no of opinion on the subject, but I shall be ready to lay Papers on the Table of the House if desired.