§ MR. MITCHELL-THOMSON (Lanarkshire, N. W.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that grave inconvenience is being caused in the northern islands of the West Indies owing to the lack of adequate postal facilities; and whether he will endeavour to secure these at an early date.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
A contract was recently concluded by the Crown Agents for the Colonies providing for a regular monthly mail service to the northern islands of the West Indies from Barbados; and I have not been made aware that the service, which has not been arranged by the Post Office, is found 709 to be inadequate by the West Indian communities. Mails for these islands are as a matter of fact despatched fortnightly from the United Kingdom to Barbados for onward transmission by any opportunity which may arise in addition to those afforded by the inter-colonial packets under the contract referred to.