HC Deb 19 February 1891 vol 350 cc1061-2

I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether, in the event of the Scotch-American mails of Wednesday missing connection at Warrington (as they have recently done on more than one occasion), he would think fit to give orders to send these mails to London and despatch them by the German steamer leaving Southampton on Thursday?

MR. SINCLAIR (Falkirk, &c.)

May I ask whether the Postmaster General has considered the feasibility of sending the Scotch-American mails to Queenstown by the Stranraer and Larne route, rather than by the Holyhead route as at present; and whether he will take into consideration the not infrequent missing of connection at Warring ton as an additional reason for re-arranging postal facilities between Great Britain and Ireland by improving and further utilising that, the shortest route, between the two Islands?

٭ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES, Cambridge University)

In reply to the last question, I can only say that I will look into the matter and see whether any advantage can be gained by sending the mails from Stranraer. In regard to the question on the Paper, I have to say the course proposed by my hon. Friend for meeting the accidental delays to which he refers had already suggested itself to my Department, and is now under consideration. I will communicate further with him when I have made some necessary inquiries on this subject.

MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

Has not the service from Queenstown to America given the greatest satisfaction?


I believe that is so Sir.