§ MR. T. L. CORBETT (Down, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the 731 Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his I attention has been called to a resolution of the Down County Council, unanimously adopted by the council, setting forth that the new harbour works at Portavogie are practically useless for the fishermen for whom they were intended; and whether he is aware that during the construction of the harbour the attention of the Commissioners of Works was repeatedly called to the defects in their plans; and what steps the Government now intend to take to make good these defects before asking the county council to take over the care of the harbour.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY (Mr. VICTOR CAVENDISH,) Derbyshire, W.
The harbour works at Portavogie were carried out in accordance with plans deposited for local inspection before the works were started. During the progress of the work additional rock excavation was proposed on behalf of local boatowners, but this would have increased the cost beyond the authorised limit. The harbour gives 250 feet of berthage, and a length of 440 feet of shelter. The works were transferred to the county council in January last.