HC Deb 08 June 1939 vol 348 c630W
Mr. Beechman

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to report progress in regard to the installation of radio-telephonic communication between the mainland and lighthouses and lightships off West Cornwall, with special reference to the Wolf, Bishop, and Longships lighthouses and the Seven Stones lightship?

Mr. Stanley

The question of equipping all off-lying lighthouses and light vessels with radio telephones has been under consideration; but as such action is not essential to the efficiency of the lighthouse service, the expenditure involved could not be sanctioned. Trinity House have, however, been informed that the Board of Trade are prepared to consider sanctioning the expenditure involved in the equipment of any station (or stations) where this is required for life-saving or for the needs of the service and is a matter of urgency. Trinity House have accordingly submitted to my Department a proposal to equip the Seven Stones light vessel, and this proposal is being considered.