HC Deb 11 April 1912 vol 36 c1393

asked the Postmaster-General what is the difficulty which prevents the mail steamer calling at Petersport for the purpose of taking in and sending out mails brought from a rowing boat, seeing that passengers and their luggage are taken off in this way at Broadford, Isle of Skye, and other places?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

If the hon. Member's suggestion were adopted the mails would frequently fail to be landed owing to adverse weather conditions; and the postal service would, therefore, be subject to frequent interruptions, especially during the winter months. The direct postal communication between Benbecula and North and South Uist would also be severed, and this would, I am assured, cause considerable inconvenience. Moreover, considerable additional cost would be entailed on a service already maintained at a serious loss.