§ MR. LEA (St. Pancras, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he will state the names of the persons who were responsible in the Ayrshire Foundry Company for fraudulently supplying a defective rudder to H.M.S. "King Edward VII."
§ *The CIVIL LORD of the ADMIRMIRALTY (Mr. Lambert, Devon shire, South Molton)
I am informed that the Memorial submitted to the Scottish Law Officers in 1904 contained no imputation whatever against any director of this company except Mr. Marshall, the managing director, and that in his case the accusation was made by one person and denied by three. No criminal prosecution appears to have been considered expedient in 1904, and in the opinion of the Lord Advocate it would be out of the question now.