§ MR. HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the finding of the Coroner's Jury in the inquest upon the late Lord Cantelupe, that his life might have been saved if a rocket life line apparatus had been available at Bangor; and if it is possible for anything to be 658 done to provide such appliances at all coastguard stations round the coasts of the United Kingdom, or to compel vessels to carry them under the Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances) Act?
§ SIR M. HICKS BEACH
I have seen a report of the finding of the jury, but the apparatus which saved the crew in this case was stationed only some three miles from Bangor, and it would not be practicable to keep an apparatus at every place on the coast where a casualty may occur. There are already about 300 rocket stations, and life lines alone are kept at many other places. Any suggestion for establishing a new station always receives consideration. On mature consideration, the rocket apparatus has been deemed unsuitable as an equipment for ships themselves.