§ SIR W. PLOWDEN (Wolverhampton, W.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, considering the grave inconvenience occasioned to fishermen by the wreckage in the neighbourhood of the Chesil Beach, west of Portland, he will be able to experiment as to the possibility of removing this wreckage by dynamite, or otherwise employing Her Majesty's ships at Portland, Portsmouth, or Devonport, and naval divers for this purpose?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. FORWOOD,) Lancashire, Ormskirk
The Dorset County Council were informed in June last, in reply to a similar question, that the district in question was not within the jurisdiction of the Admiralty, the Board of Trade being the authority. I understand that the local fishermen in the neighbourhood objected to the wreckage being blown up, as being likely to increase rather than diminish the obstructions to their calling.
§ SIR W. PLOWDEN
May I ask if the hon. Gentleman will communicate upon the subject with the Trinity Board?
§ MR. FORWOOD
The Board of Trade is the authority in charge, and the hon. Member had better put a question to the President of the Board of Trade.