HC Deb 01 August 1912 vol 41 c2274W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Great Eastern boats plying between Ipswich, Harwich, and Felixstowe are very often overcrowded during the holiday season, and that with 700 or 800 people aboard the two boats provided on these vessels would be of practically no use in an emergency; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


The Board of Trade have not received any complaints with regard to the overcrowding of the steamers referred to, but I will cause inquiries to be made in the matter. As my hon. Friend is aware, the rules relating to life-saving appliances on all classes of ships will shortly be revised.