HC Deb 18 February 1914 vol 58 cc966-7W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will reconsider the whole question of the conveyance of the American mails, with a view to the enforcement of the contract into which the Cunard Company entered with the Government in 1903, and which it is his duty to see carried out to the letter?


The Cunard Company has represented that the call at Queenstown in bad weather involves serious risks to the steamers and to the lives of those on board. This view is confirmed by the technical advisers of the Post Office, the Board of Trade, and the Admiralty; and in the circumstances I am not in a position to press the company to observe the terms of the contract in this respect.