HC Deb 16 December 1908 vol 198 cc1838-9

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he can state the result of his communication to the Irish Lights Commissioners as to the desirability of that Board consulting the local pilots of Strangford and Portaferry on the subject of the proper position in which to moor the buoy recently run down off Strangford Bar; and whether he is aware that a distance of one and a half mile from the Bar mouth would serve coasting vessels and vessels making in or out of the Lough better than the old situation of six miles out.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) The Commissioners of Irish Lights inform me that the buoy in question was placed for the benefit of vessels passing up and down the Channel, and not as a guide for coasting vessels making in or out of the Lough, and that if it were moved to a spot one and a half miles from the Bar mouth, it would not at all answer the purpose for which it was established.