HC Deb 10 July 1896 vol 42 c1226
MR. J. P. FARRELL (Cavan, W.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that for months past the supply of water in the Royal Canal has not exceeded a depth of four and a half feet, and that in consequence of an injury to the outer gates of Spencer Dock, caused by the pressure of the keel of a heavy ship on it, there is a leakage from the dock into the Liffey which necessitates constant racking off of water from the canal source to keep up the supply in the dock; whether complaints have been made by Mr. Thomas Fee, Mr. John Kelly, and other boat owners on the canal of the choked-up condition of the canal in consequence of the want of proper attention as to cleaning and weeding; and will he direct the attention of the Commissioners of Works to these complaints with a view to having the matters complained of remedied?


Yes, Sir; the Board have received complaints of the nature referred to, and, as the Commissioners of Public Works act under the Treasury and not the Board of Trade, I have forwarded the representation to that Department to be dealt with.