§ MR. D. GRANT
asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether any progress has been made in the arrangements by which telegraphic communication could be established between the shore and the Light Houses and Light Ships round the Coast, so as to enable aid to be sent with greater rapidity to ships in distress?
§ MR. CHAMBERLAIN
The Trinity House inform me that the electric cable for effecting communication between the Sunk Light Vessel and the shore is ready, and all arrangements on shore are made; but that mechanical difficulties have necessitated an entire change in the original plan for connecting the cable with the vessel. Moorings upon an altered plan are now reported nearly ready for testing, and if they prove adequate it may be hoped that communication will be established during this summer.