HC Deb 23 April 1896 vol 39 c1511

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether his attention has been called to the memorandum in the Board of Trade Journal for April, by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, dealing with the question of suicides in the engine-room staff of the Mercantile Marine, in which he says that suicides in the foreign-going vessels are prevalent to a degree calling for serious attention; and, whether he will order an Inquiry into the question with a view to the application of remedies?


The attention of the Board of Trade has been called to the large number of suicides that have occurred among firemen and trimmers in the Mercantile Marine, and my right hon. Colleague has directed steps to be taken to elicit further information on the subject. When he is in possession of all the facts, he will further consider the matter.