§ Mr. SUMMERBELL
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the steamship "Trowbridge" was allowed to leave Bombay on 26th August by the medical officer, who examined all the crew, with seven sick men aboard; that Captain Williams and a fireman had gone into hospital with fever; that one sailor died at sea on 2nd September, and the third engineer at Aden on 6th September; and that the fourth engineer, steward, cook, four firemen, and a sailor were retained in hospital at Aden, and a fireman sent to hospital at Suez; and, if so, can he state whether such sickness was due to the water taken on board at Karachi, as stated by the medical officer at Aden; and who was responsible for the 2189 supplying of such water, and thus endangering the lives of the 30 seamen on board the "Trowbridge"?
No official information has yet been received relating to the matters referred to in the question. The "Trowbridge" left Port Said on 19th September, and is expected to arrive at Barrow in a few days, when full inquiries will be made and the result communicated to the hon. Member.