§ MR. MAURICE HEALY (Cork)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether P. Barry, leading stoker of H.M.S. "Hibernia," was shot dead by a Maltese at Malta on the 4th February last; whether anyone was arrested for the crime; and, if so, with what result, and what steps the authorities propose to take to bring the criminal to justice; and whether any provision will be made for the widow and orphans of the deceased?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. FORWOOD,) (who replied) Lancashire, Ormskirk
The Admiralty have received a Report to the effect that Philip Barry, who was employed as leading stoker in the Steam Reserve at Malta, was found dead from a gunshot wound in a field adjoining his residence on the 4th March last. The circumstances are being investigated by the Civil Police, but the result of their inquiry has not yet been communicated. Until a further Report has been received the Admiralty are not in a position to settle the question of granting relief to the widow. The Report is being pressed for.