§ MR. H. H. MARKS
I beg to ask the President of the board of Trade whether he has now completed his inquiries into the complaint made to him that four lads who, by apprentice indentures, became apprentices to Messrs. Gibson and Clark, of Glasgow, and in July, 1905, joined the ship "The Pass of Killiecrankie," were on the voyage from Antwerp to Los Angelos treated with cruelty by the second officer, that proper medical attendance was not afforded, that sufficient and proper food was not supplied, that the captain neglected to properly supervise his under officers, that the log-book is defective, and that the master's reports are incorrect; and can he state what action the board of Trade is taking in the matter.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. LLOYD-GEORGE,) Carnarvon Boroughs
The case to which the hon. Member calls attention is still engaging the careful attention of the board of Trade; but as the ship "Pass of Killiecrankie" has not yet returned to this country, it has not yet been possible to obtain all the necessary information. The case has been referred to the Public Prosecutor, who will advise whether legal proceedings can be taken as soon as he is in a position to do so.