§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) why a public inquiry has not been held into disappearance at sea of the Derbyshire in 1980; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what consideration has been given by his Department to the existence of fatigue cracks in the Derbyshire and her five sister ships built between 1971 and 1976; what discussions have taken place with British Shipbuilders; and what advice is currently being given by his Department with a view to ensuring greater safety at sea and the avoidance of loss resulting from fatigue failures.
§ Mr. Ridley
I am awaiting a report concerning the disappearance at sea of the Derbyshire, and an announcement will be made shortly.