§ MR. WHITWELL (for Mr. A. MOORE)
asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether any means are taken beyond placing a notice on the general notice board at the Custom House, for the information of shipowners and masters clearing from British ports, of any changes in the lights, or of changes in the charts; and, if not, whether adequate notice will be given in future?
§ MR. CHAMBERLAIN
The practice of the Board of Trade is to send notifications of changes in lights, &c, and notifications in respect of charts and other matters affecting navigation, to the Committee for managing the affairs of Lloyds', and also to The London Shipping and Mercantile Gazette. The Hydrographical Department of the Admiralty is at the same time communicated with, and that Department, if it is deemed desirable, prepares and issues a notice to mariners. Upon receipt of any such notice from the Admiralty, the Board of Trade send copies to the Registrar General of Shipping and Sea- 1185 men, and to various local Marine Boards. In cases, where the notifications appear in a foreign language, translations are made.