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Pwllheli and Holy head Bar bours. In the House of Commons on Thursday, OL the vote for Harbours under the Board of Trade, Mr Lloyd George recalled the promise made by the President of the Board of Trade two years ago to consider applica- tions for aid towards the construction of fishing harbours on the same basis as appli- cation for the construction of light railways, and urged that favourable consideration should be given to the proposal to construct such a harbour in Cardigan wy. This was a very extensive fishing district, and was much more dangerous than some in respect to which grants had been made, and he urged that the Goyernment should agree to make a grant either towards the erection or towards the maintenance of a harbour there. An application was made to the de- partment this year for a grant towards the erection of a harbour at Pwllheli. The local Councils undertook to find about a third of the cost, and the Cambrian Rail- way also promised to contribute a con- siderable sum, and all the Board of Trade was asked to do was to recommend a grant in aid of the principle he had himself laid down. The application was supported not merely by the fishermen of Cardigan Day, but by the fishermen of Lancashire and the Isle of Man. The Lancashire Fishery Board sent in a memorial in support of the appli- cation, and a considerable number of the fishermen themselves also signed a petition in its favour. He very much regretted that the right hon. gentleman did not see his way to make some concession in this re- spect. The application was refused without any local dnquiry, and indeed before the er.gineer had sent in his plans. He now de- sired to ask whether if another application was made the right hon. gentleman would consent to a local inquiry by an inspector of the Board of Trade as to whether the application fulfilled the conditions financial- ly and otherwise that had been laid down. Mr Ritchie, in reply, stated that tue effect of the general undertaking, which he gave two years ago, was that any applica- tion made for a grant for a harbour under conditions similar to those regarding appli- cations for grants for light railways would be considered, in the hope that the Govern- ment might be able to meet them. In order to carry out the undertaking he had appointed a Departmental Committee, com- posed of officers of the Board of Trade and other departments, to whom all applies tions were referred, with directions that they would consider whether the conditions laid down had been complieu with viz., that there should be a certain contribution from the locality for an undertaking on the part of some public authority to maintain the harbour when erected. With regard to the application from Pwllheli, there was no local inquiry, because it was not on engin- eering grounds, but on financial grounds, that the return failed to comply with the conditions laiÍd down. He was very sorry that the financial proposals were not such as could be entertained, because he was very anxious, whenever the conditions were anything like to be complied wiith, to meet the application, and if in this case they had even approached what was necessary he would have asked the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer to stretch a point ana make a grant. Mr Lloyd George: Will the right hon. gentleman say what are, the financial con- ditions ? Mr Ritchie replied that one of them, was that the locality should, form one source, and another find two-thirds of the money, and then the Treasury would find the re- maining third. He understood, however, that it was felt there had been some in- formality in regard to this application, and that a decision had been arrived at before full particulars bad been sent to the Board of Trade. If the hon. gentleman would see that another application was made with fuller particulars, he would take care that the matter was reconsidered (cheers). Mr Herbert Lewis thanked the right hon. gentleman for his reply, which would be received with considerable satisfaction in the district to which it referred. With re- gard to Holyhead Harbour, he wished the I Government would recognise its importance to the shipping trade of the country by blowing up the Platters Rocks, which, un- fortunately, diminished very largely the usefulness of this great harbour of refuge. The oost in his opinion was comparatively small, and he regretted that the negotia- tions on the subject, which had been in progress some time, had not had a satisfac- tory result. He believed that with a very small expenditure a most useful harbour of refuge could be made of the River ^ee. If tue Board of Trade could only make up its mind to regard the River Dee as a har- bour of refuge they would improve the navi- gation of the estuary very considerably in- deed. Mr Ritchie, replying to criticisms from Mr Caldwell, Mr Gibson Bowles, and others, with regard to the administration of Holy- head Harbour, admitted that it was time the wooden pier should disappear, and a stone pier take its place. He was in nego- tiation with the London and North-Western Railway Company, and he hoped the re- sult would be the substitution of the stone pier for the present wooden pier, which was verv oostly to keep up. The vote was then agreed to.

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