HC Deb 02 November 1916 vol 86 c1821

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that at an inquest on Charles Williams, of the Brixham ketch "Girl Edith," wrecked on Friday last, one of the witnesses stated that there was only one lifebuoy on the ship, and that he had been to sea thirteen years, shipwrecked three times, and had only seen one lifebuoy on the ships; if he is aware that on the coroner expressing surprise he added that the Board of Trade passed this; and will he consider the desirability of ordering that a lifebuoy shall be provided for each man on similar ships?


I have not yet received a Report of the proceedings at the inquest in the case referred to, but as soon as I receive it I will consider what action should be taken.