HC Deb 20 February 1883 vol 276 cc411-2

asked the Acting Postmaster General, Whether his attention has been attracted to the report of a statement make last week by the Chairman of the London and North Western Railway Company, to the effect that his Board had ordered the construction of two steamers similar to those at present plying between the North Wall, Dublin, and Holyhead; and, if so, whether the conditions of the new postal contract will allow the London and North Western Railway Company to impose on passengers the discomfort of conve37ance in packets of a type inferior to those now in the service of the City of Dublin Company?


Sir, I have reason to know that the London and North-Western Railway, on the announcement that their tender for the conveyance of mails between Dublin and Holyhead had been accepted, gave orders for the construction of two vessels of greater length in beam and speed than the two best of their North Wall steamers, and all four of their vessels on that line are believed to be equal to the conditions of the proposed postal contract. There is no reason to suppose that the conditions under which the Company will conduct their passenger service will be inferior to the present service.