HC Deb 21 January 1998 vol 304 c546W
Mr. Alan Johnson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer of 16 December 1997,Official Report, columns 151–52, concerning the 13 reports received on the possible location of the wreck of the Gaul, what were the dates of each report; and if he will publish the reports in full. [23947]

Ms Glenda Jackson

Dates are recorded on existing files only for the following reports of the possible location of the Gaul:

  • Poseidon: 21 May 1974
  • HMS Rhyl: 22 May 1974
  • Lord Nelson: 31 May 1974
  • Rairo: 15 November 1975
  • Marbella: 2 March 1977
  • Ella Hewitt: 19 September 1997.

The other reports of location are undated, being referred to only in official correspondence and file notes. The references to reported locations are not in a form suitable for publication.

But if my hon. Friend would like to contact the Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents he will be happy to make arrangements for my hon. Friend to have access to the relevant files at his offices in Southampton.