HC Deb 03 December 1908 vol 197 cc1621-2
MR. HAVELOCK WILSON (Middlesbrough)

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the loss of the steamer "Spartan Prince," and if he can state why no inquiry has been held with reference to the loss of this vessel; and whether he is aware that some of the crew have made lengthy affidavits stating that the circumstances under which this vessel foundered were not satisfactory.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) My attention has been called to the loss of the steamer "Spartan Prince" after collision with the ship "Timandra," but, in the absence of the latter vessel from this country, I have not considered it desirable to order a formal investigation which, in the circumstances, must be of an ex parte character. No affidavits have been received from the crew, whilst the preliminary inquiries made at Ceara, Barbados, and in this country do not seem to call for further investigation; but I shall be prepared to consider any fresh information that may be brought to my notice with a view to any further action that may be found desirable.