HC Deb 09 November 1933 vol 281 cc316-7
53. Mr. LOGAN

asked the Minister of Health, in regard to the death, on 20th June, 1932, of Horace Sheridan Freeman, in Akenside Street, Bootle, through floods, what results, if any, accrued from the public inquiry set up by the Ministry?


I would refer the hon. Member to my replies to his questions of the 13th July last. I have not instituted a public inquiry, for the reason then given. I understand that a remedial scheme has been prepared and is now being considered by the local authorities concerned, with whom I am keeping in touch.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that an inquiry did take place and the rural authorities decided that £280,000 should be spent in regard to this catastrophe? Is he also aware that this mother is paralysed and that she was partially supported by her deceased son, and is it not possible for representations to be made so that when the authorities are considering their liability the question of compensation to the widowed mother for the loss of her son shall be taken into account?


The latter part of the supplementary question obviously raises a new point, and I should be glad to receive notice of it.