HC Deb 29 November 1938 vol 342 c220
15. Mr. Davidson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of children drowned in the timber basin, Firhill, Forth and Clyde Canal, during the past year; and what steps are being taken to prevent future fatalities?

Mr. Colville

One boy was drowned in this basin during the year ended 31st October, 1938. I understand that the corporation of Glasgow have, during the last six months, been in communication about this basin with the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, who are the owners, and that in September the corporation suggested to the railway company that they should consider the question of erecting fences. So far the corporation have received no definite reply, and I am suggesting to them that they should approach the railway company again.

Mr. Davidson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a circular has been issued to Scottish Members stating that eight children have been drowned in this basin during the past year, and will he, therefore, ask the Glasgow Corporation to expedite the matter and make progress with regard to this question?

Mr. Colville

I cannot say that I have seen the circular. I understand that only one boy was drowned this year, but there were further drownings the year before, and I am doing my best to expedite a decision in the matter.