Oral Answers to Questions — Bahama Islands (Lighthouses).

– in the House of Commons on 24th November 1931.

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Photo of Sir Philip Colfox Sir Philip Colfox , Dorset Western

36.

asked the President of the Board of Trade what arrangements exist for supervising the efficiency of the Imperial lighthouses in the Bahama Islands; and what is the annual cost to the Exchequer?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

These lighthouses, which are under the management of the Board of Trade, are periodically visited and inspected by an officer appointed by the Department and stationed at Nassau. The charges of the service are borne by the General Lighthouse Fund, not by the Exchequer, and the cost of maintenance averaged approximately £26,600 for the three years ended on 31st March, 1931. In addition, capital expenditure was incurred on renovations of lighthouses during the same years averaging approximately £24,000.

Photo of Sir Philip Colfox Sir Philip Colfox , Dorset Western

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether a special ship is kept for this purpose?

Photo of Mr Walter Runciman Mr Walter Runciman , St Ives

I could not answer that question without notice.