HC Deb 10 December 1928 vol 223 c1729W
Major GLYN

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is yet in a position to state when a British court of inquiry will be set up to inquire into the loss of the steamship "Vestris"; and what steps have been taken to enable the necessary evidence to be heard, in view of the fact that it is reported that a fresh official inquiry is about to be undertaken in the United States of America?


A Board of Trade inquiry into the loss of the "Vestris" will be held as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made for preparing the case and placing it before the Court. The inquiry will probably take place in London, and will be held by a Wreck Commissioner and Assessors. In order that a thorough investigation may be made into all the relevant circumstances by this tribunal, arrangements have been made for statements to be taken from witnesses in America and every possible effort will also he made to secure the presence at the inquiry here of witnesses whose oral evidence is important.