HC Deb 29 October 1919 vol 120 cc647-8
31. Mr. M'GUFFIN

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the recent decision; of the Admiralty respecting the claim of the late Chief-artificer Gibson, of AX Submarine, to be the inventor of a device for raising submarines sunk beyond the control of their pumps, in which his claim has been set aside, upon the authority of Admiralty experts alone and without an opportunity being given to the friends of the deceased artificer to submit evidence, both verbal and written, in support of his claim, he will consider an application from two of deceased's brothers, both engineers, to be heard in a further inquiry; and whether he will facilitate their attendance at such inquiry by payment of their travelling expenses?


I can only add to the reply to my hon. Friend on 9th July by saying that it is open to the representatives of the deceased to make a claim to the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors, to whom appeal lies in case of an. Admiralty decision not being acceptable.