HC Deb 08 January 1913 vol 46 c1198W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware of the dangerous character of the north-west coast of Devon and Cornwall, and of the frequent heavy loss of life and shipping on this coast through lack of a harbour of refuge; and will he take steps to provide a harbour?


From a report made by Sir William Matthews in 1906 it appeared that the cost of a harbour of refuge on this coast would be very great, and, as at present advised, I am not prepared to say that the case is sufficiently strong to justify any heavy expenditure out of public funds in the absence of any substantial contributions from local sources.