HC Deb 12 February 1931 vol 248 c570
45. Rear-Admiral SUETER

asked the Prime Minister in view of the Government's decision not to build the Channel tunnel and the discomfort experienced by many passengers during the winter months in the small cross-Channel steamers, whether he will consider setting up a small committee to examine the whole question of cross-Channel services with the view to developing a harbour on the south coast from which larger displacement steamers can be navigated, building large-displacement steamers with suitable facilities for running on board through railway carriages for the Continent and arrangements for parking motor cars on deck to enable them to run on board and to disembark without difficulty, and develop suitable wharves in the harbour for running trains alongside ships and wharves for dealing with through Continental railway carriages and motor cars; and will he ask the French Government whether they will join us in developing a better cross-Channel service by making a harbour for large-displacement ships?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

The proposals for a cross-Channel train ferry service for passengers were examined by the Channel Tunnel Committee and are discussed in their report. In the circumstances the Government does not consider the appointment of a further committee necessary, but I will arrange for a copy of the hon. and gallant Member's question to be sent to the Southern Railway Company, who I understand are considering the possibility of improving their present steamer services and will let him know the result.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider improving accommodation for seasick admirals on these steamers?