HC Deb 13 May 1918 vol 106 c59W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the attendances or reliefs for the Bull Rock Lighthouse take place only once a month instead of once every fifteen days, as fixed by the Board of Irish Lights; and that the monthly relief entails hardships on the keepers in respect of food and health and is a ground of complaint; and whether be will see that the old arrangement under which this lighthouse was to be attended to every fifteen days is restored?


I am informed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights that the relief of the Bull Rock Lighthouse is, m the usual course, carried out by one of their steam tenders, but that owing to the necessity for urgent repairs to one and the sinking of another it has been necessary, since the end of 1917, to carry out the relief by local boats. Relief trips have been sanctioned on every occasion on which application has been received from the keeper at the lighthouse, and no complaint on the subject has been received by the Commissioners. The Commissioners do not anticipate that it will be possible to return to the old arrangements for relieving the lighthouse for some time, but as the summer season is approaching they do not think that any hardship to the.keepers will be involved.