HC Deb 16 July 1908 vol 192 cc1098-9
MR. JOYCE (Limerick)

I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he will take any steps to obtain a reconsideration of the exceptional circumstances of the case of a Clyde pilot tried on 15th May last at Glasgow before the Sheriff of Lanark, who sat without the assistance of nautical assessors, although the case rested entirely on points of practical navigation and local pilotage knowledge.


The Prime Minister has requested me to answer this Question, and I have only to say that after full consideration I have nothing to add to my Answer of 6th July to the effect that a rehearing of the case is not legally competent, and as to reduction of penalty I do not see my way to interfere.


The unsatisfactory Answer I have received in regard to this case has caused a great deal of unrest among the pilots of the United Kingdom, and I hope they will go to a higher authority than this House—to the King himself.