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Directional Wireless (South Coast)

Volume 311: debated on Tuesday 5 May 1936

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what is the present number arid position of wireless directional stations on the South Coast; and whether there are any plans under consideration for the increase of these stations, in view of the assistance which they provide to vessels navigating in the Channel under foggy conditions?

There are radio-beacons on the south coast of England at Dungeness, Start Point, Caskets, Round Island (Scilly), Rame Head (near Ply- mouth), and on the Nab Tower (Spit-head), the last of which was completed only in December last. The wireless telegraph stations at Niton and the Land's End give, on request, bearings to ships. Only radio-beacons or other wireless facilities proposed to be established by the General Lighthouse Authorities at the cost of the General Lighthouse Fund are dealt with by my Department, and there are no applications before me at present for financial sanction to establish additional facilities on the South Coast.