§ DR. MACGREGOR
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if he has received a Petition signed by some hundreds of the inhabitants of Benbecula, Inverness-shire (population 2,000), praying that the steamer which now passes within sight of them should be made to call in connection with the postal and 841 general traffic of the island; and while there is no harbour, whether it can be arranged to have a boat lowered from the steamer to meet the requirements of so considerable a population isolated by wide and dangerous tidal fords from other parts of the Long Island?
§ THE SECRETARY FOR SCOTLAND (Sir G. TREVELYAN,) Glasgow, Bridgeton
I have received the Memorial, and referred a similar question to the Postmaster General sent in June last, who received a Report from the contractor of the mail service to the effect that the approaches to Benbecula are extremely dangerous, and could only be made in very clear weather. But I will confer with the contractor in regard to the proposal made in the last paragraph of the hon. Member's question.