HC Deb 10 June 1880 vol 252 cc1605-6

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he will consider the propriety of authorizing the Irish Board of Works to advance money for construction of Harbours of Refuge in Ireland on the same terms as the Public Loan Commissioners can in this Country?


Under the Harbours and Passing Tolls Act of 1861 the Public Works Loan Commissioners are authorized to make advances for the construction and improvement of harbours of refuge in Ireland as well as in England and Scotland. It is desirable that all proposals for harbours of refuge should be dealt with by the Government on one and the same principle throughout the United Kingdom; and bearing that end in mind the Treasury entertained doubts as to the wisdom of withdrawing the administration of loans granted under the Harbours and Passing Tolls Act from the control of the Public Works Loan Commissioners, who have complete experience of the subject. The question will, however, receive careful consideration, together with all others in connection with the Board of Public Works in Ireland, before next Session.