§ SIR LEONARD LYELL (Orkney and Shetland)
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he has recently received petitions from the County Council for Shetland, asking that some additional leading lights may be erected at the entrance to several of the chief fishing harbours, and that some of the principal islands still without telegraphic communication may be connected by cable; and whether any provision has been made in the Estimates for carrying out these works?
§ SIR G. O. TREVELYAN
I have duly received the petitions referred to by the 1542 hon. Member, and they will be carefully considered, along with similar claims from other districts. The sum at my disposal for carrying out the further construction of lights and telegraphic extensions is £2,500, of which about £1,000 is already allocated to the maintenance of existing lights erected under the Highlands and Islands Public Works Vote.