HC Deb 23 June 1904 vol 136 c993
SIR HARRY SAMUEL (Tower Hamlets, Limehouse)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the captains of pleasure steamers plying from the Thames to seaside resorts on the East and South Coasts frequently race their boats against each other causing great risk to life; and, if so, if he will take steps to put a stop to this dangerous practice.


No complaints as to racing on the part of the Thames steamers referred to by my hon. friend have been recently received by the Board of Trade, but my attention has been called to allegations in the Press on the subject, and to these attention is being given. Whenever any such complaints have been received in past years, action has been at once taken with a view to putting a stop to this dangerous practice.