HC Deb 21 May 1910 vol 116 cc356-7
16. Viscount CURZON

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he can have a Return published giving full details, as far as they are known, in each case of "the losses suffered by the Mercantile Marine during the War from ail causes; if so, if the Returns can include the times, dates, and positions in ouch case; and whether, in cases where enemy attack was known to have taken place unsuccessfully, the same particulars can also be given?


The information desired has already been compiled to the 31st October, 1913, except that it includes only British merchant vessels lost by enemy action, not those lost by marine perils, and does not specify the time of day when the attack took place. It is intended that the information shall be completed at the conclusion of peace and published then, subject to the above exceptions. Full particulars of vessels lost by marine perils are not available in the Admiralty; these would be a matter for the Board of Trade. If my hon. and gallant Friend so desires, he can see the compilation to which I have referred.