§ MR. KIMBER (Wandsworth)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his Department has information of the number of life-belts on board the Utopia, and of what description; and whether any new life-belts of foreign design have been submitted to the Board of Trade, and with what result?
§ *SIR M. HICKS BEACH
The vessel has been plying between Trieste and New York, and I have, consequently, no official information as to the number of life-belts on board, but I am informed 1659 by the owners that there were 160. Only one life-belt of foreign design has been submitted to the Board of Trade, who have not approved it.