HC Deb 03 May 1911 vol 25 cc406-7

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether claims had been received for nets, etc., destroyed by torpedo boats or other of His Majesty's ships in the Firth of Forth between the evening of the 6th and the morning of the 7th March, or any other date when the fishing boats were lying attached to their nets and with the regulation lights burning, from the following, namely, John Stewart, of the boat "Grateful," James Hodge, of the boat "Curlew," Alexander Hughes, of the boat "Nancy," George Hughes, of the boat "Victoria Cross," James Bowman, of the boat "Guide-me," and any others from Cellar-dyke, Anstruther, Pittenween, or St. Monans; whether these claims are in process in consideration or settlement; and whether, seeing that the loss of their nets and gear is a hindrance to these men pursuing their avocation and gaining a livelihood for wives and children dependent upon them, he will do his best to expedite the payment of these claims as soon as possible?


Claims have been received from the men named, with the exception of James Bowman of the boat "Guide-me." It has been necessary to call for reports from the fleet. These have been received, and the claims are being considered in relation to these reports. It is hoped that an early decision may be arrived at.