HC Deb 06 August 1889 vol 339 c542

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he would state generally the data upon which the Department has come to the conclusion that a mid-day service, by steamer, of the mails from Inverness to Fort Augustus would, for the months of August and September, involve a loss to the Post Office of £250; and, if he would give the figures justifying the statement of the Department that the cost of the existing service is considerably in excess of the revenue derived from the correspondence?


The cost of maintaining the present Postal Service between Inverness and Fort Augustus and the neighbourhood is about £767 a year, as compared with an available revenue of about £525 a year, so that there is already a loss of about £242 a year. If the desired service from Inverness at mid-day during August and September were afforded, it would be necessary to make an additional payment of £200 to the proprietors of the steamer, and the Department itself would incur a further expenditure of about £50 a year. The loss would thus be augmented by £250 a year, and there would be no saviags to set against it.