§ Mr. THORNE
asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he can give any information as to the cause of the fatal accident that occurred from the Clock Tower of the Houses of Parliament; whether the staging was properly protected; and what compensation will be paid?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
The fatal accident was the subject of a coroner's inquest on 30th October, when a verdict of suicide while of unsound mind was recorded. The staging was properly protected. The deceased workman was employed by a firm of contractors and any question of compensation falls to be settled between the dependants of the deceased man and the contractors.