HC Deb 06 March 1928 vol 161 cc212-3
14 and 15. Mr. BUCHANAN

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will have inquiry made into the accommodation provided for steerage passengers in steamers plying between Glasgow, Belfast, and Dublin; and

(2) if he will have inquiry made into the service of steamers between Glasgow and the Western Isles and also into the accommodation provided for the passengers on board those steamers?


The passenger steamers referred to are surveyed once at least in every year by the Government surveyors, and cannot ply unless they are found fit in every respect, including accommodation, for the service intended. If the hon. Member will furnish me with any specific complaint about any particular ship, I will have the matter looked into. The general adequacy of a service for the needs of a particular district or trade is a matter for the shipowners and not for the Board of Trade.