§ MR. CONOR O'KELLY (Mayo, N.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been directed to the fact that the Harbour Commissioners of Ballina make a yearly contribution of £30 a year for the maintenance of a light in Killala Bay, and have so contributed for over thirty years; whether he can state the conditions under which the Ballina Commissioners make this contribution; and whether, having regard to the fact that the steamers and other vessels for whose benefit the light referred to is maintained pay nothing to the cost, he will inquire fully into the matter with a view to relieving the Ballina Harbour Board in fixture from the cost of the light in Killala Bay.
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
I have no information as to any contribution by 782 the harbour authority of Ballina towards the maintenance of a light in Killala Bay. So far as I am aware, the Board of Trade have no power to take any steps for relieving the harbour authority from any obligations which they may be under with respect to the maintenance of such light, which, from its position, would appear to be for the benefit of local rather than of general traffic.