28. Dr. Bennett
asked the President of the Board of Trade what decision he has reached about the reconsideration of the "Californian" incident.
Is it not true that the "Californian" was probably 30 miles from the "Titanic" and that two other vessels neither of which was the 881 "Californian", were sighted to the north when Captain Rostron of the "Carpathia" was picking up survivors, which makes it highly improbable that the "Californian" was the villain of the piece, as history has now seemed to grasp? Will the hon. Gentleman do something to try belatedly to clear Captain Lord's name?
§ Mr. Ogden
Will my hon. Friend take it that the petitioners in this case are by no means dismayed at the amount of time being taken and they regard it as an indication that the question is being given every consideration? All we hope is that, when a decision is made, it will be the decision for which many hon. Members on both sides are hoping, namely, that my right hon. Friend will be able to make arrangements for a public inquiry to clear the captain's name.