§ MR. W. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that four of the former crew of the Puffin are still alive, the master, lamplighter, and two men, they will be utilised as witnesses in the public inquiry as to the history and condition of the lightship, irrespective of her being raised or not?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. C. T. RITCHIE,) Croydon
When I answered the supplementary Question of the hon. Member for Cork City on Monday I was not aware of the facts referred to in the hon. Member's Question. Under those circumstances the Inquiry will proceed irrespective of the raising of the lightship.
§ CAPTAIN DONELAN (Cork, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is in a position to say what provision has been made for the relatives of the men lost by the foundering of the lightship Puffin?
§ MR. RITCHIE
Yes, Sir. The list is too long to read, but I shall be happy to hand the hon. Member a copy.