§ MAJOR JAMESON
To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether the Irish Lights tender "Princess Alexandra" has been condemned and sold; if so, what price she fetched; whether the Board of Trade have issued, or contemplate issuing, a certificate to her authorising the carrying of passengers beyond harbour limits; whether he will give the names and qualifications of the following officials: Master of the Irish Lights tenders "Tearaght," "Moya," "Irene," new steamer, inspector of lights, superintendent of stores, and second engineer "Tearaght;" and if he will state the price paid by the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Northern Lights Commissioners for coal and oil delivered at their depots.
1032 (Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) The "Princess Alexandra" has been condemned and sold for £1,110. The vessel has not a passenger certificate, and no application for such a certificate is at present before the Board of Trade. The master of the "Tearaght" is Mr. A. E. Birt, who holds a certificate as master of a Home-trade passenger ship. The master of the "Moya" is Mr. E. Kearon, who holds a certificate as master of a Foreign-going ship. Mr. D. P. Fleming, who is master of the "Irene," and will command the new steamer when in commission, holds a certificate as master of a Home - trade passenger ship. The inspector of lights is Mr. R. Deane, who holds an extra master's certificate for a Foreign-going ship. The superintendent of stores is Mr. F. R. Foot, C.E., and the second engineer of the "Tearaght" is Mr. P. E. Waldron, who holds a first class engineer's certificate. The prices paid for oil and coal, delivered at depots, for the currrent year are: Commissioners of Irish Lights: Oil (paraffin) 6¼d. per gallon; oil (heavy mineral) 7⅞d. per gallon: Coal (steam) 20s. per ton; coal (Whitehaven) 16s. 6d.pcr ton. Northern Lights Commissioners: Oil (paraffin) 5d. per gallon; Coal (steam) 13s. 1d. per ton. For house coal, which is delivered by contractors at the several lighthouses, the price ranges from 13s. 6d. to 29s. 6d. per ton. The information supplied is given by the courtesy of the lighthouse authorities.