HC Deb 30 June 1891 vol 354 cc1861-2
MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)

I beg-to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that on Sunday, the 21st instant, Captain Dupois, H.M.S. Shannon, arrived in Smerwick Harbour on his annual tour of inspection of the Coastguard stations, and proceeded at once to inspect Ballydavid Station, sending messengers to the four surrounding stations that he would inspect them the same evening, and that in consequence of this action the Coastguards at all the stations were prevented from attending Divine service; and whether he will request the officers of Her Majesty's Navy to refrain from such unnecessary interference with the sanctity of the Lord's Day?


Captain Dupois did inspect the buildings of the Ballydavid Coastguard Station on June 21, but no messages were sent to the surrounding stations that he would inspect those stations the same evening, as stated in the question, nor were any of the men so prevented from attending Divine service on that day. If a station is inspected on Sunday the inspection is always so arranged that the men can attend Divine worship.