HC Deb 06 May 1886 vol 305 c369

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he is aware of the further threatened destruction of public and private property at Portpatrick Harbour, owing to the removal of natural defences in the course of forming the Government works, which, having been abandoned, are now going to ruin; whether he will consider the propriety of removing from the entrance of the harbour some of the fallen masonry, and carrying it back to the inner end so as to afford a protection against further damage to the public road and private house property; and, whether he will cause inquiry to be made into what would be the probable cost of such an undertaking?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. MUNDELLA) (Sheffield, Brightside)

The Board of Trade are not aware of the present state of Portpatrick Harbour, which is not under their control; and, having regard to the Report made to them by Mr. Trevor and Sir George Nares, and presented to Parliament in June, 1884, they do not propose to make any further inquiry or to undertake the works suggested by the hon. Member.