HC Deb 07 April 1925 vol 182 cc2007-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the owner of Lochboisdale Pier, in South Uist, is not fulfilling the conditions laid down in the Schedule to the Pier and Harbour Orders Confirmation (No. 1) Act, 1878, as to exhibiting lights from sunset to sunrise; and what steps does he propose to take in the matter, in view of the danger to shipping caused thereby?


The light in question was an "occasional" one, only exhibited when a vessel was expected. A Notice to Mariners regarding its discontinuance was issued by the Hydrographer to the Navy in April, 1024, consequent on the closing of the pier. As regards the last part of the question, I am informed by the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses, with whom rests the decision, under Section 24 of the South Uist Pier Order of 1878, whether a light should be exhibited on this pier, that they consider such a light to be unnecessary and do not propose to direct one to be exhibited. They add that, in view of the condition of the pier, a light, if exhibited, might tempt vessels to go alongside the pier at considerable risk to themselves.