HC Deb 21 February 1972 vol 831 c196W
44. Mr. John Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement concerning changes in the statutory inquiry procedure following deaths at sea, with special reference to the circumstances surrounding the loss at sea of Jeffrey Keith Wills of the liner "Northern Star" on 17th August, 1970.

Mr. Anthony Grant

We are looking into the possibility of improving the present procedure. However, whatever changes may be made, it will continue to be difficult in cases where a person disappears at sea unseen, as happened to Jeffrey Keith Wills, to establish the full facts.