HC Deb 12 June 1913 vol 53 cc1784-5
73. Mr. PETO

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to that part of the Official Report issued by the Board of Trade of the formal investigation into the loss of the ss. "Veronese," which deals with the conduct of Mr. Ernest Victor Hugo, chief officer, and Messrs. Frederick Martin, boatswain, and William Jay, able seaman, where it is pointed out by the Court that the rescue of the emigrants from their dangerous position, this work entailing danger to life and limbs, was due to the conduct and untiring efforts of Mr. E. V. Hugo, chief officer, ably assisted by F. Martin, boatswain, and W. Jay, able seaman, the court stating that Mr. Hugo was so severely injured during his courageous efforts that he was unable to sit upright whilst giving evidence some ten weeks after the event; and what steps, if any, he is taking in respect to these opinions expressed by the Court?


I have already had under consideration the observations in the report to which the hon. Member refers. I fully appreciate the services rendered on the, occasion of the wreck of the "Veronese," and the question of suitably recognising the gallantry displayed by Mr. Hugo and others is being dealt with.