Responsibility for lighthouses and navigational aids may be removed from Trinity House.

Responsibility for lighthouses and navigational aids may be removed from Trinity House. The Marine Navigation Aids Bill, which had its first reading in the House of Lords on 14 May, proposes the creation of a new Marine Navigation Aids Commission to operate and maintain navigational aids around the whole of the UK.

Work currently shared between the Northern Lighthouse Board for Scotland and the Commissioners of Irish Lights would also be transferred to the Commission. The Bill also proposes an end to the General Lighthouse Fund’s liability to pay for maintenance of lights and navigational aids in the Republic of Ireland, currently amounting to £16 million per year.

Lord Tony Berkeley, the Bill’s sponsor, said that the Bill will address the inequity of the Light Dues system which puts the UK at a major disadvantage in the global economy.