HC Deb 14 April 1887 vol 313 cc886-7
MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade a Question of which I have given him private Notice—namely, Whether he has received any information as to the disaster to the Channel packet between New haven and Dieppe; and, whether an official inquiry will be instituted into the circumstances attending it?

THE SECRETARY (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)

In answer to my hon. Friend, I have to say that the Board of Trade telegraphed to the Brighton Railway Company, and they have received the following reply:— In reply to your telegram, I have received a Report from our agent at Dieppe, in which he states that he believes 14 persons are missing-out of about 90 passengers on board the steamship Victoria, and one boy of the crew. The bodies of three ladies and one boy have been recovered. The only one as yet identified is that of Mrs. Lacroix, the wife of a fruiterer at Brighton. There will be an official inquiry.