HC Deb 30 July 1888 vol 329 cc763-4
SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, with a view to the better prevention of loss of life and property in cases of ship- wreck, for the general advantage of the shipping and fishing industries, and for the more effectual defence of these realms in time of war, Her Majesty's Government will, during the Recess, take into consideration the provision of a complete system of telegraphic communication between the postal telegraphs and all coastguard, lighthouse, life-boat, and life-saving stations situated on the coasts of the United Kingdom?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

With reference to the better prevention of loss of life and property at sea, I can only remind my hon. Friend of the answer he received on the 16th of April last from my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. In that answer it was stated that certain experiments must be continued for another 18 months; and, as that period has still many months to run, I am unable to give any further information on the subject. So far as regards the safety of this country, my hon. Friend may rest assured that any measures which, in the judgment of the Government, are necessary for security will not be neglected by Her Majesty's Government.