HC Deb 10 June 1903 vol 123 c442
MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)

To ask the Postmaster-General if his attention has been called to the fact that the mail service to Lerwick does not meet the requirements of the county; and if he will inquire into the possibility of so arranging the service as to give one extra direct mail weekly from Aberdeen to Lerwick.

(Answered by Mr. Austen Chamberlain.) I must call the attention of the hon. Member to the Answer which I gave in the House on the 3rd of March last † to a previous Question of his respecting the mail service to the Shetland Islands. As I then stated, the cost of the existing mail service is so largely in excess of the revenue from the correspondence for the Islands that the additional expenditure which would have to be incurred to provide a more frequent service would not be justifiable on postal grounds.