Oral Answers to Questions — Steam Ship "berrima."

– in the House of Commons on 23rd April 1923.

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Photo of Mr George Jarrett Mr George Jarrett , Dartford

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department, whether his attention has been called to the conditions on the steam ship "Berrima" during its recent voyage to Australia; and whether it is proposed to take any action in the matter?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley , Waterloo

I would refer to the replies which I gave to the hon. Member for the Bothwell Division on the 19th February, and to the hon. Member for the Maryhill Division on 28th March.

Photo of Mr George Jarrett Mr George Jarrett , Dartford

Is it not a fact that these replies refer to the accommodation on these two ships whereas my question refers to the conditions, and is it not a fact that the Australian papers had reported very adversely upon the conditions? Has a committee of inquiry been set up in Australia, and, if so, are the Imperial Government represented on it?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley , Waterloo

No inquiry has been held in this country.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley , Waterloo

I do not know whether any inquiry has been held in Australia, but we have had communications from the Australian Government, and they deny the allegations.

Photo of Captain Reginald Berkeley Captain Reginald Berkeley , Nottingham Central

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman give an undertaking that there will be a proper Parliamentary inquiry into the matter, and is it not a fact that one of the passengers committed suicide in Australia in consequence of the vile accommodation?