§ MR. J. GILHOOLY (Cork Co., W.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what provision will be made by the Government for the maintenance of the families of the six petty officers of H.M.S. Collingwood, who were recently drowned in Bantry Bay?
§ THE CIVIL LORD OF ADMIRALTY (Mr. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN,) Worcestershire, E.
Under the regulations, pensions and allowances to the widows and children of petty officers and men can only be granted in cases where the men have been killed or drowned on duty. The petty officers referred to were on leave at the time of the accident which caused their death, and their families are not therefore eligible for pecuniary assistance. Children can, however, be maintained at the expense of Greenwich Hospital in schools or homes, and any application to the Admiralty with this object in view will be considered.