§ Mr. WATT
asked the President of the Board of Trade what provisions his Department makes for the loading of gunpowder 1023 powder at Kames, Kyles of Bute; is there a buoy fixed on the east or Bute side, behind which all vessels with a certain quantity of gunpowder on board must anchor; and, if so, has he any information as to whether such regulation is strictly adhered to, or do vessels so loaded frequently anchor on the Kames side, notwithstanding his Department's regulations?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)
In pursuance of Section 115 of the Explosives Act, 1875, the Board of Trade have made by-laws dealing with the loading and unloading of explosives in the lower estuary of the Clyde. The by-laws provide that ships or boats loading or unloading explosive or having explosive on board must lie or moor at certain powder buoys, one of which is in Kilmichael Bay on the east, or Bute side, of the Kyles of Bute. I am informed by the Rothesay Harbour Trustees, the authority by whom the by-laws are enforced, that the by-laws are strictly adhered to, and no vessels having gunpowder on board are allowed to anchor on the Kames side of the Kyles.