§ MR. GILES (Southampton)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he will consider the desirability of awarding to Mr. Barker, the third officer of the steamship Colonist, a better reward than a bronze medal for rescuing the master and crew of the bark Hebe. when the captain of the steamship Erus received a piece of plate, and the third officer a gold medal for attempting and failing to do what Mr. Barker and his boat's crew so gallantly effected at the imminent risk of their lives?
§ *SIR M. HICKS BEACH
Mr. W. H. Parker (not Barker, the third officer of the steamship Colonist, was awarded the bronze medal of the Board of Trade for gallantry in connection with the rescue of the crew of the Hebe, consistently with the practice of the Board of Trade when dealing with exceptional cases of rescue of a British crew by a British vessel. The rewards granted to the officers of the North German Lloyd's Steamship Ems (not Erus) were, consistently with the practice of the Board when recognising the services rendered to British seamen by foreigners, of a different character. The medal awarded to the third officer was a Foreign Office gold medal, not the Board of Trade gallantry medal.