HC Deb 22 February 1887 vol 311 cc289-90
MR. MACLURE (Lancashire, S.E., Stretford)

asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, If his attention has been called to the loss of 300 lives, and 50 vessels, during the past four months, in the Bristol Channel; and to the suggestion that, pending the construction of a Harbour of Refuge, a powerful steam tug should be stationed at the Mumbles Head, with a view to save life and property during severe gales; which, in consequence of the liberal offer made by a Swansea firm to supply gratis the necessary coal for the use of such tug, would entail but small expense?

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

Our attention has, of course, been called to the lamentable loss of life which has taken place in the Bristol Channel within the last few months; but we fail to trace any suggestion such as that stated to have been made with reference to the steam tug. Nor are we aware, except from the Question of the hon. Member, of the liberal offer of coals by a Swansea firm to which he directs our notice. I need hardly add that every inquiry possible under the circumstances, has been, or is, being made.