HC Deb 09 July 1936 vol 314 c1391
53. Captain PLUGGE

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the numerous fatalities to vessels at Portland Bill, whether he will suggest that arrangements should be made for the establishment of an adequate fog signal at that cape?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Runciman)

I am not aware that there have been in recent years numerous fatalities to vessels at Portland Bill. I am informed by the Trinity House that in their opinion a fog signal at Portland Bill is not necessary for the purposes of general navigation.

Captain PLUGGE

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider instituting an inquiry into what maritime opinion really is in the matter?


There is already a signal and fog signal at the Shambles light only five miles from Portland Bill, and it is not necessary to add to that.


What does the right hon. Gentleman mean by "fatalities to vessels"?


The total loss.