Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 7th May 1940.
asked the Home Secretary the number of inquests held on drowned seamen in the port of Liverpool, namely, both sides of the Mersey, since the beginning of the war; and what steps are being taken to prevent accidents at the docks during black-out hours?
Since the beginning of the war inquests have been held on 18 seamen drowned in the port of Liverpool. Of these, 15 were believed to have been drowned during the hours of darkness. Special arrangements are made for the lighting of the docks where work is in progress at night, and steps have been taken by the Department to secure that full advantage is taken of those arrangements. Suitably restricted lights at the gangways of ships are also permitted, and guard chains are provided at dangerous parts of the docks, in accordance with the regulations made under the Factory Acts.