HC Deb 14 March 1861 vol 161 cc1957-8

said, he rose to ask the President of the Board of Trade, Whether it is the intention of the Government to appoint a competent and experienced English engineer and electrician to succeed the late Mr. Gisborne, and to superintend the submersion, by the contractors, of the cable between Malta and Alexandria, and whether measures have been taken for the safe preservation of the cable, and who is the person now responsible for its safe keeping?


said, the contractors were responsible for the safe keeping of the cable. They would be heavy losers if they failed to take care of it. The precautions which the Government had taken for its safe custody were by having electricians to test its condition from time to time, and to report thereon to the Government. With regard to the appointment of a successor to Mr. Gisborne, all he could say was, when the time, came for submerging the cable between Malta and Alexandria, the Government would take care to have competent engineers and electricians there to superintend the operation.