§ MR. MURPHY (Dublin, St. Patrick's)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether the difficulty and delay in the establishment of a signal station at Tory Island is caused by the price, namely, £480, demanded by the landlord for an acre of rocky land from Lloyd's, 1332 who are willing to erect and work the station; and whether the Board of Trade have compulsory powers for obtaining land for such purposes; and, if so, will they exercise those powers in this, case?
§ SIR M. HICKS BEACH
Lloyd's have informed me that the proprietor of Tory Island has demanded excessive terms for the land necessary for a signal station, but there is also some difficulty about the cost of a telegraph cable. Powers to obtain compulsorily land for signal stations have been granted by Parliament to Lloyd's, and not to the Board of Trade.