HC Deb 03 July 1913 vol 54 c2210

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General a question, of which I have given him private notice: Whether he is in a position to make a statement with regard to the days of sailing of the South African mail ships?


I have for some time been anxious to arrange for an alteration in the present days of sailing so as to remove the inconvenience now felt by business men and others in this country, who have no interval in which to reply to letters received by the incoming mail from South Africa before the next outgoing mail leaves. I am glad to be able to say that the difficulties which attended a rearrangement of the sailing days have been overcome, and that on and from 6th September next the mail steamers will leave Cape Town on Saturday, instead of on Wednesday. The mails will then reach this country on Tuesday, instead of on Saturday as now, and an interval of four days will be afforded for reply before the outgoing ship leaves on the following Saturday.