§ MR. M. McCARTAN (Down, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, with reference to the steam dredger now occupied in removing the silting from Donaghadee Harbour, whether he will suggest to the Board of Works to have removed, not only all the mud and sand, but also the gravel and loose stones; whether he is aware that this dredger works by suckage and not by buckets, and cannot remove the stones; and, whether he will see if anything can be done to prevent the silting from filling up the harbour again, to the great danger of the vessels calling there?
§ MR. HANBURY
The extent of the dredging operations at Donaghadee have not yet been decided. The Board of Works have appliances for the removal of any and every class of material. The accumulation of silt in the harbour can only be obviated by dredging, the necessity for which will be considered whenever the occasion arises.