HC Deb 16 July 1919 vol 118 cc399-400W
Brigadier-General Sir OWEN THOMAS

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, having regard to the special circumstances attending the loss of the Royal Mail steamer "Leinster," and the many interests affected thereby, he can now see his way to hold an inquiry into this matter, in view of the fact that Peace having being signed the reason given on 15th, 24th, and 30th October, 1918, that such inquiry would not be in the public interest does not now apply, and that the holding of such an inquiry would be but an act of justice to those who have suffered so much through this loss?


I think my hon. and gallant Friend has had an opportunity of reading the statement which was made on Monday in another place by the Civil Lord. He will, I think, agree that that statement, together with the several answers given in this House at the time of the loss of the "Leinster," covers pretty completely all matters concerning the loss of the vessel with which we have any association. Our view is that no really useful purpose would be served now by setting up an inquiry into the loss of the ship.