§ SIR HENRY TYLER (Great Yarmouth)
I beg to ask the President of the Hoard of Trade whether, having regard to the loss of life which has occurred, he will direct an inquiry into the cause of collision on the 12th instant, in the Bristol Channel, between the steamer Grantully and the trawling smack Holme Bay, of Lowestoft, as the result of which was that the five or six hands on board the smack were lost?
§ SIR SAVILE CROSSLEY (Suffolk, Lowestoft)
I beg also to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the serious loss of life which occurred through the collision, he will order an inquiry to be held into the facts of the case?
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
As all those on board the smack perished, and no evidence on their behalf has been available, I have not thought that any useful purpose would be served by ordering an official inquiry. But if the hon. Members are in a position to furnish me with any evidence I shall be quite ready to re-consider the question.