HC Deb 14 March 1887 vol 312 c183

asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, Whether the Committee which sat last year on the question of boats and life saving apparatus to be carried by passenger ships reported in October last; whether the Report was signed by all the Members of the Committee; what has become of the Report; and, whether, considering the interest taken by the public in the means taken to preserve life at sea, he will cause the recommendations of the Committee to be made known by publishing their Report?

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

Yes, Sir; the Departmental Committee referred to by my hon. Friend reported in October last. The Report was signed by all the Members. It has been sent to the Royal Commission on Loss of Life at Sea, in accordance with a promise made to that effect; but as we think the question should be dealt with at once, without waiting for the Report of the Commission, it is proposed forthwith to move for a Select Committee of this House to inquire and report on the whole subject. The Report of the Departmental Committee will be presented as a Command Paper, and will be referred to the Select Committee if they so desire.