§ * MR. LAMONT
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to notices published on June 23rd by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company and by the Caledonian Steam Packet Company, that their steamers will cease, on and from July 2nd 1147 next, to call at Millport Pier or Keppel Pier, in the Island of Cumbrae; whether these steamers carry His Majesty's mails; if so, whether the Post Office has given any sanction to the withdrawal of the service; and what steps he proposes to take to obtain the delivery of the mails to Millport in the event of the threatened withdrawal of the steamers being carried out.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
The steamers referred to are not under my control and no formal intimation of the alterations was sent to me. I understand that the steamers will call at a new landing place on the island from and to which the mails will be taken by horse conveyance. The alterations will have little effect on the postal service.