§ 16. Mr. GARRO JONES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether any instructions have been issued for the arrest on the high seas of the trawler "Girl Pat."?
§ 18. Mr. GARRO JONES
asked the President of the Board of Trade, whether any instructions have been issued to port officers in connection with the trawler "Girl Pat "; whether his officers have ascertained whether this vessel took aboard charts or Admiralty sailing directions for African waters when she left her home port on 1st April; whether any statements by her master have come to the notice of the Board since that date; and whether he can give any explanation of the movements of this vessel and their relation to merchant shipping law?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE, (Dr. Burgin)
The answer to the first three parts of the Question is in the negative. I can give no explanation of the movements of the vessel, nor, on the available information, can I say whether any offence has been committed against the Merchant Shipping Acts.
§ Mr. GARRO JONES
Have the owners communicated with the hon. Gentleman in regard to the strange movements of this vessel?