§ MR. PARKER SMITH (Lanark, Partick)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that Glasgow has only one shipping office, while Liverpool has three and Glasgow has two; whether he is aware that the Glasgow Shipping Office is fully a mile from the two largest docks, and fully two miles from the quarters where seamen most live; and whether he will undertake to establish a second shipping office in the neighbourhood of the Queen's Dock for the benefit of men living in Partick, Govan, or Plantation, and shipping from the Queen's and Cessnock Dock?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. MUNDELLA,) Sheffield, Brightside
Under the Merchant Shipping Act, 1854, the duty of establishing Mercantile Marine Offices devolves upon the Local Marine Board of the port, if there be one, which is the case at Glasgow. No representations have been made to the Board of Trade showing the need of a second Mercantile Marine Office at Glasgow.