HC Deb 06 March 1986 vol 93 cc267-8W
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.

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