§ Mr. JOYCE
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the attention of his Board had been called to the necessity 589 of further increasing the system of fog signals on the West Coast of Ireland; and was he aware of the fact that many vessels had been lost owing to fog-signal stations on that coast being very few in number, and that complaints had been made on this subject?
I am informed by the Irish Lights Commissioners that they have recently received several applications for an increase in the number of fog-signal stations on the West Coast of Ireland, and that these applications are under consideration. I have received a similar representation from the Irish Harbours Association, which I have communicated to the Commissioners. I have no information as to any vessels having been lost owing to the want of such signals, but any proposals which may be made by the Irish Lights Commissioners will receive my careful consideration.