§ 3. Mr. T. JOHNSTON
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the s.s. "Strandhill" (late the "Lincoln Land"), which sailed in the early part of March from the Clyde with a cargo of spirits ostensibly for the Bahamas, did, as a matter of fact, not proceed to the Bahamas, but has been engaged in illicit alcohol running on the American coast; that the captain has publicly admitted disposing of 4,500 cases of spirits; that the crew mutinied for nonpayment of wages and shortage of rations; that the ship is now lying at Halifax, Nova Scotia, under constant police protection; and if he will state who were the owners of the ship and the consignors of her cargo when she left the Clyde?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Viscount Wolmer)
My attention has been called to statements in the Press regarding the s.s. "Strandhill," and inquiries are being made to see whether there has been any infringement of British law. The registered owner of the vessel when she left the Clyde was William Patrick Cant, Inchicore House, Inchicore, Dublin, and the registered manager was Robert McKinley, 12, Dixon Street, Glasgow. It is not possible to publish the names of consignors of cargo, as this information is obtained for revenue purposes only.
§ Mr. JOHNSTON
If the Board of Trade discover, after the investigations have been made, that such a breach of British law has taken place with this case, will the Government prosecute?
§ Viscount WOLMER
Yes. If a breach of law has taken place, the Government will certainly take action.