§ 33. Sir JOHN SPEAR
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his Department has received the full Report of the "Empress of Ireland" Commission; and, in view of the importance of that 1315 Report in relation to safety of life at sea, if he will cause it to be published before the Merchant Shipping (Convention) Bill is submitted to the House for Third Reading?
The Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances attending the loss of the s.s. "Empress of Ireland" will be published as a Parliamentary Paper immediately on the receipt of the official copy from the Canadian authorities. My right hon. Friend cannot, however, undertake to delay the proceedings on the Merchant Shipping (Convention) Bill as suggested by the hon. Member.