HC Deb 12 November 1947 vol 444 cc359-60
8. Mr. Orr-Ewing

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation how many passengers were carried on the Weston-super-Mare—Cardiff Air Ferry Service during the periods October to March in 1937–1938, 1938–1939, and 1946–1947, respectively.

Mr. Lindgren

The numbers of passengers carried on this service during the periods in question were 2,669, 4,129 and 4,875, respectively.

Mr. Orr-Ewing

In view of the figures which the Parliamentary Secretary has given, does not he recognise that they are proof of a demand by those in industry and commerce on both sides of the Bristol Channel for the maintenance of this service, and will he reconsider the decision to withdraw the service?

Mr. Lindgren

The capacity used was only 50 per cent. of that available, and, therefore, in those circumstances, it was not an economic operation. As soon as circumstances permit, a reintroduction of the service will be considered.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Will the hon. Gentleman consider allowing a charter company to tender for that service and to run smaller and more economical aircraft?

Mr. Speaker

That is another question; the only Question asked was how many passengers were carried, and that was answered.