§ MR. REDMOND
asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether, having regard to the frequent loss on the Tuskar Rocks of vessels sailing to and from English ports, and the importance of immediate assistance being afforded in such cases, the Government have it in contemplation to establish telegraphic communication between Tuskar Lighthouse and the Irish Coast?
§ MR. CHICHESTER FORTESCUE
, in reply, said, if the lighthouse on the Tuskar Rocks were to be connected by telegraphic communication with the mainland, the expense would have to be borne by the shipping interest or the telegraphic authorities, and even then serious difficulties would arise, because, from the limited area of the rock on which the lighthouse stood, it would be almost impossible to find accommodation there for a telegraphic clerk and the necessary apparatus. At any rate, the Board of Trade had no power to apply the Mercantile Marine Fund for the purpose of establishing such a telegraphic communication.