HC Deb 31 January 1940 vol 356 cc1124-5
18 and 19. Mrs. Adamson (for Mr. Adamson)

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty (1) whether he has considered the adoption of additional floating rafts on naval vessels to safeguard the lives of shipwrecked crews; and whether he has approved of any type of automatic light to be fixed on the rafts so that their position may be observed during the hours of darkness and thereby assist in being rescued;

(2) whether he has given consideration to the adoption on all naval vessels of a lifebelt light which automatically indicates the position of shipwrecked members of the crew; and whether, in view of the risk in the use of searchlights to locate floating bodies, he will institute the use of such a device to assist in the protection of the lives of naval service men during the period of darkness?

Mr. Shakespeare

The whole process of improving and multiplying life-saving appliances and fittings, including the provision of additional floating rafts and some form of light indicators, is being continually pressed forward as the war unfolds.

Mrs. Adamson

In view of the great concern that is felt, will the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that the matter will be expedited?

Mr. Shakespeare

Yes, it is constantly under review.