asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, in view of the exceptional magnitude of the recent disaster on the Clyde, and the fact that inquiries by procurators fiscal into accidents attended with loss of life in Scotland are conducted in secret, and that their Reports to the Crown Office are never made 801 public, he will instruct some competent independent official to assist at the inquiry and furnish a report on the occurrence for presentation to Parliament?
THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. B. BALFOUR)
Sir, I am asked by my right hon. and learned Friend to say that at his request Sir Edward Reed, late Chief Constructor of the Navy, a Member of his House, has proceeded to Scotland, and is now holding a public inquiry into the disaster on the Clyde.