§ MR. E. KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN (Rochester)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether it is necessary to keep the moorings which have not been used since H.M.S. Hydra left the Medway River; and whether, if they are required, the Dockyard Authorities will cause a lighter to be placed at them to indicate their position, and thus prevent great and continuous loss to the fishermen by injury to their nets?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. FORWOOD,) Lancashire, S.W., Ormskirk
My reply to the first paragraph in the question is, Yes. As regards the second, the position of the moorings was marked by a buoy, which, being found an inconvenience to navigation, was removed, and the moorings left on the bottom. No complaints have been received by the Local Authorities, and if the fishermen have any grievance they had better communicate with the Captain Superintendent at Sheerness, who, I am sure, will carefully inquire into it.
In reply to a further question by Mr. E. KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN,
§ MR. FORWOOD
said: There used to be a buoy, but it was removed because it interfered with the navigation.