HC Deb 07 March 1939 vol 344 cc1941-2W
Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Minister of Agriculture if he is aware that recently a careful examination has been made of the coast between Cape Cornwall and Padstow with a view to stationing the most efficient type of lifeboat capable of withstanding the local sea conditions and that St. Ives is considered by local and other specialised opinion as the proper station if its harbour is made adequate for such a lifeboat; and what steps he is now taking or is prepared to take to improve the existing situation in the interests of a national service?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend is aware of the strong local feeling in favour of stationing at St. Ives a lifeboat of larger size than that which met with disaster in January last. I understand that this would be possible only if certain improvements were first made to St. Ives Harbour and my right hon. Friend is obtaining expert advice as to possible schemes of improvement and their probable cost. When this information has been received the position will be fully examined in consultation with the other Departments concerned in the light of all relevant considerations.