§ SIR BARRINGTON SIMEON (Southampton)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether the Report recently made to the Board of Trade by their nautical surveyors is strongly in favour of a new form of life-saving dress for mariners, known as "Bickley's Patent Buoyant Clothing;" and, if this be so, whether he will direct copies of that Report to be circulated among hon. Member's?
§ MR. RITCHIE
The Board of Trade are advised that the invention referred to by the hon. Member does not comply with the statutory Rules affecting life-saving appliances for use at sea, inasmuch as it involves the principle of inflation, a principle which it is not thought advisable to admit, especially in the case of so unreliable a material as rubber. Under these circumstances, I do not think any useful purpose would be served by the circulation of a Report signed by one officer of the Department admitting the merits of the invention, which are not questioned.