§ MR. J. TUITE (Westmeath, N.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade can he state whether the promise made to the Board of Trade some months ago by the Midland and Great Western Railway Company of Ireland to provide a steam dredger for the Royal Canal has as yet been fulfilled; and, if not, will he obtain from the Company a definite assurance as to when the dredger may be expected to arrive?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. C. T. RITCHIE,) Croydon
The Company inform me that the dredger has arrived in Dublin and is being erected by contractors. I understand that the machinery was damaged in transit and that three weeks will elapse before it is ready for use.