§ MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)
asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, "Whether he can state the cause of delay on the part of the Irish Lights Commissioners in building the dwelling houses for the keepers of the leading lights, Carlingford Lough;what was the amount of purchase money paid for the building ground;the annual rent of the site;and the rent now paid for lodgings for the keepers;and, whether he can state definitely when the buildings will be commenced?
§ THE SECRETARY (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
The erection of these dwellings during the current financial year was, with the consent of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, postponed in favour of more urgent works. No purchase money has been paid for the building ground;but an annual rout of£7 1s. 9d. has been sanctioned for the site on a lease for 150 years, and£40 has been paid as compensation for disturbance of existing tenants;£48 is at present paid annually for lodgings for the keepers, and the estimated cost of erecting the dwellings is£1,876. The Board of Trade are prepared to sanction the expenditure for erecting these dwellings during the year 1887–8, and it will rest with the Commissioners of Irish Lights to carry out the work.