HC Deb 04 August 1896 vol 43 c1442
MR. COURTENTAY WARNER (Stafford, Lichfield)

On behalf of the hon. Member for Devonport (Mr. H. E. KEARLEY), I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to the verdict of the jury as to the cause of the recent boiler explosion on H.M.S. Blake; whether the Admiralty are prepared to assent to their recommendation, to the effect that the widow of the stoker Evill should be provided for for life, and that her children should be succoured until they are old enough to secure a livelihood; and, what provision is proposed to be made by the Admiralty for the widow and orphans?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square

No recommendation of the jury is necessary in these sad cases. A regular system exists under which the widows and children of seamen who lose their lives on duty in the public service are assisted from the funds of Greenwich Hospital. Such assistance will be given to the widow and children of the stoker Evill.

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