HC Deb 07 April 1910 vol 16 c772W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the "Lusitania" again failed to call at Fishguard on Monday last, 4th April, and did not reach the landing-stage at Liverpool until 8.10 a.m. on Tuesday, 5th April; whether he is aware that, if the mails brought by the "Lusitania" had been landed at Queenstown on the Monday afternoon, they would have been delivered throughout Great Britain and Ireland by the first post on the Tuesday morning; and whether, in view of the loss and inconvenience which such delays entail upon business men and the public generally, he will suggest to the postal authorities of the United States the desirability of reverting to the former practice of landing the mails carried by the Cunard Company's fast mail steamers at Queenstown?


I am informed that the "Lusitania" passed Queenstown at 3.50 p.m. on the 4th instant, and, finding herself unable to call at Fisfaguard, proceeded to Liverpool, where she arrived at 8.12 a.m. I am further informed that if the mails brought by the "Lusitania" had been landed at Queenstown on Monday afternoon those for London and beyond would only have reached the General Post Office fifty-three minutes before they actually arrived there.