HC Deb 02 April 1925 vol 182 cc1530-1W

asked the President of the Board of Trade how many cases there have been since 1918 in which old hulks, which have been removed from one port to another for purposes of breaking-up, have been lost or broken adrift; on how many occasions life has been lost; and how many lives have been lost?


I am not in a position to furnish the information desired by the hon. Member, but I may say that no case similar to that of the "Vernon II," ex-H.M.S. "Marlborough" has occurred in recent years. Cases in which hulks in tow have foundered, or have broken adrift with loss of life, are reported to the Board of Trade, but they are not classified separately in the shipping statistics.