HC Deb 24 April 1896 vol 39 cc1702-3

Considered in Committee.

MR. HALDANE (Haddingtonshire)

asked for some explanation as to the object of this Bill.

MR. J. C. MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)

said, this was a simple Measure, which had for its object that masters of ships crossing the Atlantic should, if they came across derelict vessels, report them to the next port they came to. It was a Bill which, if passed, would save human life and property.


said he should like to know what view the Government took of this Bill.


said he was doubtful if the Bill would be of very great utility, but, at any rate, it would be harmless.

MR. W. ALLAN (Gateshead)

appealed to the Committee to allow the Bill to proceed.


asked if there was any case where injury to life or property could be given.

MR. M. MCCAETAN (Down, S.)

said, two years ago two steamers had been lost, and their loss was generally ascribed to derelict vessels.

Reported without amendment. Bill read 3°, and passed.