Gibraltar (Summit Signal Station).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 10th May 1922.

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Mr. MALONE:

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether it has been decided to discontinue the firing of the sunrise and sunset gun, popularly known as morning and evening gunfire, from the sgnal station on the summit of the rock of Gibraltar; what annual saving is thereby effected; is he aware of the inconvenience caused by the abolition of the signal of closing the frontier gates, etc.; whether this signal station is to be totally abandoned: whether this station, in addition to other duties, reported passing and incoming shipping, town and harbour fires, wrecks, etc.; and, if so, who is now responsible for these duties?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

As the Summit Signal Station is frequently hidden in mist it-has been decided to abolish it and transfer its duties to the Windmill Hill Signal Station. The firing from Summit Hill, the cost of which was about £190 a year, has, therefore, been discontinued. I understand, however, that if after a month's trial it is found that the resumption of the time guns is desirable, the military authorities will assume responsibility for them.