HC Deb 07 August 1899 vol 76 cc9-10

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what steps have been taken for the purpose of ascertaining the cause of the accident to the machinery of the torpedo catcher "Bullfinch"; whether the relatives of the men who lost their lives, as well as those injured in a similar breakdown off Sunderland, are to be compensated by the Admiralty; and will he also state whether in future trial trips are to be accompanied by medical officers.


An investigation as to the cause of the accident is being made by the coroner for the purpose of the usual public inquiry. The matter is also being investigated by the Admiralty Staff. The Admiralty will take care that the men belonging to the Service who were injured, and also the dependent relatives of those in the Service who have lost their lives, shall receive compensation; but I am not yet in a position to state from what source the compensation will be paid. In the accident on board the "Lee," at Sunderland, no men belonging to the service were injured. I prefer not to answer the last question until after the inquest has been held.


And how about the men in the employment of the contractors?


I presume they will be compensated by their employers.