HC Deb 10 May 1923 vol 163 c2617W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if the claims for compensation on behalf of the men who were employed on the steam trawler "William Wilmot," which was sunk by the ss. "Missonia," and which claims were dealt with by the Admiralty Court on 12th April 1921, are to be settled; and whether, in view of the fact that the men have been asked to accept certain amounts and have consented, immediate payment will be made?


The Treasury Solicitor, in conjunction with the Solicitor to the Seamen's Union, is negotiating a settlement of the claims of the crew of the "William Wilmot" against the owners of the ss. "Meissonier," who I understand have made an offer in settlement. Certain of the crew have accepted the offer, and the Solicitor to the Seamen's Union is endeavouring to obtain the authority of the others. The owners are not prepared to make any payments until all these claims have been agreed.