HC Deb 07 December 1888 vol 331 cc1407-8
MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he will procure before next Session from the following Bodies Estimates as to the cost of carrying out the following recommendations of the Royal Commission on Irish Public Works with regard to Fishery Harbours, and communicate such Estimates to Parliament:—From the Commissioners of Irish Lights, as to leading lights, &c., for existing harbours; from the Local Harbour Boards of Rosslare and Fenit, as to proposed pier extension; from the Harbour Authorities of Clogher Head and Carrigaholt, now in course of construction, as to proposed pier extensions; and, from the Harbour Authorities of Buncrana, which is in close proximity to, and Foynes, which is already connected with, an existing railway, as to proposed pier extensions?


The Commissioners of Irish Lights are not responsible for leading lights; but I have no doubt that my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade would ask them to assist any Local Harbour authority in deciding upon lights to be erected, and their nature and cost. We already know how much is required to be spent to make Rosslare available for traffic; and I believe there would be no difficulty or delay in obtaining estimates for the other places named if definite scheme have been decided upon; but, at the present time, I think such estimates would be of little value, as no schemes have been settled.