HC Deb 25 July 1881 vol 263 c1741

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether he is now in a position to state what action it is proposed to take with regard to the gunpowder magazines in the Mersey?


The Admiralty have appointed a Committee of five gentlemen, including the Superintendent of the Royal Laboratory, the Inspector of Explosives under the Home Office, and two gentlemen well known in Liverpool, who have held the office of Mayor (Mr. Hall and Mr. Hubbach), with Admiral Phillimore as Chairman, to consider whether the position of the powder hulks in the Mersey is unsafe or unsuitable. The Admiralty, under the 14 & 15 Vict. are bound, on representation being made, to consider whether the position of the hulks is unsafe, and, if necessary, to appoint another position; but that is the entire responsibility which the Admiralty have in the matter.