§ MR. GROTRIAN (Hull, E)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether it is the intention of the Board of Trade to order an official investigation into the serious accident which recently occurred to the steamship City of Paris; if so, to what tribunal it is proposed to refer this important case, in which not only the lives of several hundred persons were imperilled, and property to the value of about £250,000 involved, but which must, of necessity, embrace technical details of very great intricacy, and whether, in the event of the judgment of the Court being against the owners, builders, officers, and crew of the vessel, or any of them, there is or will be in either case any right of appeal; and, if so, to what Court?
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
An official investigation has been ordered before a Wreck Court, composed of the Stipendiary Magistrate at Liverpool and skilled assessors. The officers will have a right of appeal to the Admiralty Division of the High Court of 1270 Justice if the Wreck Court suspends or cancels their certificates, but not otherwise.