§ MR. DOUGHTY (Great Grimsby)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether, in view of the loss that has been sustained by vessels and crews off the coast of Iceland, and to the dangerous condition of several points on the western coast of the island, he will consider the advisability of representing the matter to the Danish Government with a view of influencing them to place lights on the most prominent headlands.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. BONAR LAW,) Glasgow, Blackfriars
I am advised that out of some fifty-two casualties which have been reported to the Board of Trade as having occurred to British vessels off the coast of Iceland since 1887, not more than five or six could be considered as possibly due to want of lights on the most prominent headlands. Only one or two of these were off the west coast. In these circumstances I am afraid that a representation may not be successful, but I shall have pleasure in consulting my noble friend the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs as to whether such a representation can advantageously be made.