§ Mr. HARMSWORTH
asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention had been drawn to the number of shipwrecks which have occurred recently within the Pentland Firth; whether he has any information that such disasters were possibly the result of the insufficient lighting of Duncansby Head; and, if so, whether he will consider the possibility of the better lighting of the Firth at this point?
I am aware that several shipping casualties have occurred recently in or near the Pentland Firth, but the courts of inquiry which have investigated them have not, I think, attributed them to the insufficient lighting of Duncansby Head, or made any recommendation for its improvement. I have been in communication with the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses regarding my hon. Friend's question, and they inform me that no application for a light on Duncansby Head has ever been made to them, but that they have had in view the question of ultimately establishing a light and fog signal on the Head when more urgent demands on the funds at their disposal have been satisfied.