§ 89. Major MORRISON-BELL
asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the irregularity in the arrival of mails at Malta; if he is aware that even the nominal weekly mail is sometimes several days overdue; and if he can do anything that would lessen these postal hardships and improve the present state of affairs?
§ The ASSISTANT POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Pike Pease)
I am aware that the mail service to Malta is irregular. It is dependent on a commercial line of Italian steamships from Syracuse once a week, though the opportunity is also taken of sending mails direct from the United Kingdom by any of His Majesty's ships or transports sail- 2004 ing for Malta. I fear that a better service cannot be looked for unless the island can secure more frequent communication with the Continent.