§ Sir J. Gilmour
asked the Minister of Transport how many wrecks there are in the estuary of the River Forth; to what extent any of them constitute a danger to navigation; what authorisation he has made in respect of their salvage; and if he is satisfied that existing arrangements for salvage are adequate to meet all contingencies.123W
§ Mr. Marples
The responsibility for dealing with wrecks in that part of the estuary which is not under the control of a harbour or conservancy authority rests with the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses, who have power to remove a wreck if in their opinion it is a danger to navigation. There are 20 wrecks in the estuary, but they have considered only one (at Kirkcaldy Bay) to be a danger to navigation; this they have marked with a buoy. The Commissioners have not requested my sanction to expenditure for the removal of these wrecks. I am satisfied that the existing machinery is adequate.