§ Mr. Windsor
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that wreck-raising craft, owned by a German salvage firm, are now at Hull for the purpose of raising the trawlers "Lady Jeanette" and "St. Delphine," which sunk in the River Humber recently; and whether he can state why a Hamburgfirm, supplying superlighters, a steam tug, and lifting apparatus, has been called upon to carry out salvage operations in home waters, to the exclusion of British firms?1130W
§ Mr. Stanley
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part, arrangements for salvage are a matter for the interests concerned. I am informed that, in the case of the vessels mentioned, British salvors were invited to tender before the contract was awarded.