HC Deb 27 August 1895 vol 36 cc890-1

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether, seeing that the Scotch Fishery Board act entirely upon the reports of their own engineers, who were the constructors of the Ballintore Harbour, which is now found to be in an unsatisfactory and dangerous condition, steps will be taken to procure the report of an independent engineer?


The engineers for the Ballintore Harbour were selected by Local Trustees, and the design and estimate was decided on by them, and approved by the Fishery Board. These engineers were Messrs. Stevenson. They are also the advisers of the Fishery Board, who have full confidence in them, and it is not proposed to call in other advisers. I am informed by the Fishery Board that there is no evidence that the harbour is in a dangerous condition as a shelter for fishing boats and vessels, and that they now consider the work as completed according to design. If the trustees dispute the fact, they should apply, according to the statute, to the Sheriff of the county for a completion certificate.