HC Deb 05 March 1885 vol 295 cc119-20

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, What is the amount of the contract for the construction of the Arklow Harbour works; what will be the extra cost of repairing the foundations of the breakwater that have given way; will such extra cost fall either in whole or in part on the local rates, or will it be met by Treasury disbursements; and, will the Treasury send some independent engineer, not connected with the Board of "Works, to examine the condition of the breakwater, and Report upon the extent and nature of the injury?


The amount of the contract is £27,891, towards which a free grant of £15,000 will be made. It is not possible yet, owing to the weather, to say what extra cost there will be, but it is expected to be small. Any excess over the estimate will be met by loan, in accordance with the Act. The Treasury are not prepared to send another engineer to the spot, as it would involve extra expenses; but I will call for a special Report as to the state of the foundations.