HC Deb 03 August 1905 vol 151 cc62-3
MR. HARMOOD-BANNER (Liverpool, Everton)

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, with reference to the sinking of the Liverpool sailing ship "Afghanistan" by H.M.S. "Cæsar," on June 3rd last, if he is in a position to communicate the details of the result of the naval inquiry; and it the necessary instructions will be given to bring about a speedy settlement of all life claims.

(Answered by Mr. Pretyman.) The proceedings and results of Naval Courts of Inquiry are always treated as confidential, and this course is especially necessary when legal proceedings are pending or possible. The reply to the last part of the Question is in the affirmative.