§ MR. E. B. BAILLIE (Inverness)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether the Departmental Committee which is inquiring into the condition of English lighthouse-keepers embraces also the condition of lighthousekeepers in Scotland; and, if not, whether he will see his way to include them within the scope of these investigations?
§ MR. RITCHIE
I think that the hon. Member must have misunderstood answers which I have given to previous Questions on this subject. There is no Committee inquiring into the condition of English light-keepers, as implied by the Question. A Committee is inquiring into the administration of the Mercantile Marine Fund, and the Commissioners of Irish Lights informed the Board of Trade that they were not able to consider a Petition of Irish light-keepers until that Committee had made its Report.