HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 c837
16. Major McCallum

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the air-mail service to Islay has been most unsatisfactory during recent weeks; and if he will take steps to ensure that mails are not left behind by the mail-carrying aeroplane when weather conditions are suitable for flying.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

I am aware that on 6th and 9th October part of the mail due to be conveyed to Islay by air could not, unfortunately, be accommodated on the aircraft and was left behind at Renfrew. Steps have since been taken which I trust will prevent any further similar failure.

Major McCallum

is the Minister aware that one of the reasons why these mails are left behind is that the machines at present used for this passenger and mail service are the old type which is too small for the traffic? Could he urge his colleague in the Cabinet to see that the planes used during the summer time are continued in use during winter time?

Mr. Paling

I will certainly make an inquiry into that matter.