§ 53. Mr. MACQUISTEN
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the new proprietor of the pier at Strachur, in Argyll, has intimated to the Clyde Cargo Steamers, Limited, who are the only company carrying general goods by sea to Strachur, that from and after 27th November he proposes to charge them pier dues which, in fact, are in excess of the total amount derived from the freight in all goods transported to and from Strachur; that the company have accordingly intimated that they cannot call at Strachur any more, in reply to a suggestion from the proprietor that if they decline to pay, increased dues their vessels should cease calling; that the proprietor has increased the dues on goods transported by from 300 to 1,000 per cent. over those charged by his predecessor; that Strachur is not accessible for goods transport from Glasgow, unless by sea, except at considerable expense and inconvenience, the nearest piers being Kilmun, 15 miles, and Otter Ferry, 15 miles, the landing of goods at either of which would involve considerable extra transport by road; and that the inhabitants of the whole district will be put to inconvenience and expense on the cessation of the calling of the steamers; and whether he will take steps to remedy the state of affairs which has now arisen?
§ The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)
I understand that the Clyde Cargo Steamers Limited, have intimated that they will cease calling at Strachur Pier after 27th November on account of the dues to be charged on their vessels and the dangerous condition of the pier. I have also received complaints respecting the charges on goods 536 dealt with at the pier. I am in communication with the owner of the pier in regard to the matter and will acquaint my hon. and learned Friend with the result.