HC Deb 03 March 1887 vol 311 c1062
MR. A. J. WILLIAMS (Glamorgan, S.)

asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, Whether, having regard to the serious loss of life from shipwrecks which have recently occurred on the Glamorganshire coast, between Porthcawl and Nash Point; the Government will provide a coastguard station at Southerndown, with a rocket apparatus, and a system of signals, by which the life-boat station at Porthcawl can be signalled when vessels are seen to be in distress?

THE SECRETARY (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)

The question of placing an additional apparatus on this part of the coast—namely, one between Porthcawl and Nash Point, is one that has received the very careful consideration of the Board of Trade on several occasions, and the Board have been advised that it is unnecessary. The question of establishing a Coastguard station at Southerndown is for the Admiralty and not for the Board of Trade; but the Board are advised that in any case Southerndown would not be a suitable place for a rocket apparatus. I am in communication with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as to the necessity for signals being placed at Southerndown as a means of signalling to the Porthcawl life-boat,