Charles Beresford (U, Portsmouth) asked the President of the Board of
Trade whether there was any later news as to the Titanic.
Prime Minister, who replied, said the news received by the Board of
Trade that morning from the White Star Company was in these terms: -
reports that the Carpathia reached the Titanics position at daybreak.
She found boats and wreckage only. Titanic had foundered about 2.20 in
41.16N, 50.14W. All her boats are accounted for. About 675 souls are
saved of the crew and passengers, the latter all nearly women and
children. Leyland liner Californian is remaining searching the
position of the disaster. The Carpathia is returning to New York with
further news has yet been received by the Board of Trade. Perhaps the
House will allow me to add this: - I am afraid we must brace ourselves
to confront one of those terrible events in the order of Providence
which baffle foresight, which appal the imagination, and which make us
feel the inadequacy of words to do justice to what we feel. (Hear,
Hear) We cannot say more at this moment than to give a necessarily
imperfect impression to our sense of admiration that the best
traditions of the sea seem to have been observed. (Cheers) in the
willing sacrifices which were offered
give the first chance of safety to those who were least able to help
themselves (Renewed Cheers) and to the warm and heartfelt sympathy
of the whole nation with those who find themselves suddenly bereft of
their nearest and their dearest in their desolated homes. (Sympathetic
Bottomley (L, Hackney E.) - I desire to ask the President of the Board
of Trade whether he will consider the importance of framing a
regulation preventing British passenger ships to New York during the
late winter and early spring for adopting the Northern Atlantic route
for the purpose of breaking records amongst the loviathan liners, and
whether he will state what proportion of lifeboat accommodation the
Titanic bore to the number of passengers and crew.
The President of the Board of Trade (Mr Buxton) asked for notice of the questions.
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