HC Deb 11 April 1927 vol 205 cc38-9

asked the Minister of Transport whether the proposal of a train ferry between Flushing and this country has been brought to his notice; and whether, having regard to the great convenience which such a ferry would give to travellers to the Continent, he will cause inquiries to be made as to the possibilities in this direction?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. I do not think that it is for me to investigate the commercial possibilities of such a service as that indicated by my hon. Friend.


Does the right hon. and gallant Gentdeman not read the newspapers; and if he does, will he consider the suggestion which has been made in this respect; and does he not think that a ferry on these lines would be an immense advantage?

Colonel ASHLEY

If it will satisfy my hon. Friend, I will communicate with the railway company, and ask them to consider it.

Commander BELLAIRS

Why is this question addressed to the Minister of Transport? Has the right hon. and gallant Gentleman jurisdiction over the sea as well as the land?

Colonel ASHLEY

Unfortunately, not.