§ Mr. MUSPRATT
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman's attention has been called to the sinking of the "Kate Thomas," of Liverpool; whether he is aware that the colliding vessel was being navigated as a coasting vessel and had no certificated officer on board; and whether he will introduce legislation to prevent the dangers disclosed in this case?
Yes, Sir, my attention has been called to the loss of the "Kate Thomas." The colliding vessel, not being a foreign-going ship or a home trade passenger ship, was not obliged to carry certificated officers. The desirability of requiring home trade cargo ships to carry certificated officers has already engaged the attention of the Board of Trade, and will receive careful consideration at the first opportunity which arises for legislation on the subject.