HC Deb 19 July 1838 vol 44 c372

On the Order of the Day being read for bringing up the Report upon the resolution relating to the erecting a lighthouse at Gibraltar,

Mr. Hume

said, he would oppose the resolution. The object of the resolution was, to levy a toll of a shilling upon every vessel that entered Gibraltar. He thought this the most paltry legislation ever attempted in that House.

Mr. P. Thomson

said, it was a most unheard-of thing to oppose a resolution which was merely to enable the Government to introduce a bill. He could inform the hon. Member, that the shipping interest was anxious that a lighthouse should be erected, and they were perfectly willing to pay the toll of a shilling.

Mr. R. Wallace

said, he would oppose the resolution, and would divide the House against it, on the ground that they had not sufficient time to consider it.

Lord Ingestrie

said, he could assure the House, that a lighthouse was very much required at Gibraltar, for the safety of the shipping.

Mr. Hutt

had no objection to the erection of the lighthouse, but it ought to be erected and maintained out of the surplus revenue of Gibraltar.

Resolution agreed to.