HC Deb 05 February 1918 vol 101 c2098
90. Mr. CLANCY

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping why leave is not given tot the lodgment of the specifications for the construction of the steam packet "Connaught" proposed to be built by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company; and whether, unless leave is given without further delay, the company will be seriously crippled in its efforts to maintain the mail service or to compete for a renewal of its contract?


The question of the replacement of the "Connaught" is still under consideration. I may point out that even if specifications for a new vessel were lodged, the matter would not be forwarded, since the vessel would not be of a type to which priority could be given at this time, when the urgent need of the nation is for cargo tonnage of the simplest type.