HC Deb 05 July 1910 vol 18 cc1496-7

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he could state whether any inquiry has been held into the circumstances attending the loss of the steamship "Waratah," which was lost nearly twelve months ago; and whether he can state if Messrs. Lund and Sons are meeting their obligations towards the relatives of the crew?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)

A formal investigation into the circumstances attending the disappearance of the steamship "Waratah" was ordered by the Board of Trade on 7th February last, but owing to the necessity of obtaining evidence from Australia and South Africa, it has not been possible yet to hold the inquiry. I am informed by Messrs. W. Lund and Sons that the claims of all dependants entitled to compensation up to date have been settled.