HC Deb 20 March 1935 vol 299 c1186

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make a statement as to the proposed service of a British shipping line for the island of Cyprus?


The position in regard to steamship communication with Cyprus is discussed in paragraphs 354–356 of the report of the Financial Commissioner, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. From inquiries which have already been made, it appears that there is no immediate likelihood of British lines being able to offer a satisfactory alternative to the existing subsidised services, which are mainly fast passenger and mail services. The position is, however, being kept under review. The Financial Commissioner advised that no new subsidy primarily for cargo would be justified, and I see no reason to dissent from his conclusion.