HC Deb 06 March 1895 vol 31 cc522-3

The adjourned Debate on the Amendment proposed to the Motion for a Select Committee was resumed.

Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the objections which have been raised to the adoption by Order in Council of Rule 15 of the Revised International Regulations for preventing Collisions at sea, dealing with sound signals in fog, as suggested by the Washington Conference, and considered by the Maritime Powers."—(Sir Donald Currie.)

Amendment proposed, To leave out from the word 'raised,' in line 2, to the end of the Question, in order to add the words 'Order in Council of the 30th day of January 1893, relative to the fixing and screening of ships' side-lights, and to the adoption by Order in Council of the sound signals prescribed by Article 15 and Article 28 of the Revised Regulations for preventing Collision at Sea, as set forth in the Board of Trade Circular to Shipowners of 6th March 1894.'"—(Mr. T. Gibson Bowles.)


now appealed to the President of the Board of Trade not to oppose his Amendment.


said, it was quite impossible for him to accept the Amendment. He assented to the motion for the Committee on the express condition that the Inquiry should be limited to one rule, to which objection was taken. There was no reason for introducing these other matters into the investigation. They would largely increase and delay the work of the Committee. They called for a different kind of knowledge altogether; they would require to be investigated on the sea-coast with the aid of experiments, and the whole Inquiry would be more confused than enlightened, by bringing these matters before the Committee.

Debate adjourned.