HC Deb 19 August 1881 vol 265 cc361-2

asked the President of the Local Government Board, If his attention has been called to the loss of life which occurred at Scarborough yesterday morning when two men bathing lost their lives near the south end of the Spa; and, if it is his intention to introduce a Bill next Session to enable and compel local authorities of inland and sea-side watering places (whose resident inhabitants derive large pecuniary advantages from their visitors) to have watchmen, boats, and life-saving apparatus always in readiness to assist in saving life during the bathing season?


My attention has been called to the unfortunate accident referred to. I have on a recent occasion stated that I contemplated dealing with the matter whenever a suitable opportunity offers for doing so; and although I could not give an undertaking to introduce a Bill specially for the purpose, the matter will receive my careful consideration during the Recess, and if in connection with other legislation next year I can see my way to promote the objects which the hon. Member has in view I will not fail to do so.