MR. O' DOHERTY (Donegal, N.)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the cause of the delay by the Commissioners of Irish Lights in the erection of the gas and bell buoy at the Tuns Bank entrance to Lough Foyle promised by him two years ago; and if he will make representations to the Irish Lights Commissioners with a view to accelerate their action in this matter.
(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) The Commissioners of Irish Lights informed me in November last that the delay in placing this buoy in position has been due to difficulties in obtaining the necessary supply of gas. After vainly endeavouring to obtain it in the district they found it necessary to manufacture gas themselves for this and other buoys. The Commissioners now inform me that the buoy was completed some months ago, that since then the bad weather has been the only cause of delay, and that the buoy will be placed in position as soon as possible.