HC Deb 06 February 1918 vol 101 cc2245-6W

asked the Postmaster-General why he has recently withdrawn the motor boat "Comet," which carried the Glasgow mails from Gourock to Dunoon, arriving at the last-mentioned place at 6.45 in the morning; is he aware that the later delivery of letters thereby caused leads to inconvenience to the community, in that the recipients of letters by the morning post are now unable to reply by first post or catch steamers to Glasgow round 10 o'clock; is he aware that an early delivery without the use of the "Comet" can easily be arranged by means of the Caledonian Railway steamers now on the route; and will he see that such arrangements are made so that the trade of the country may be inconvenienced as little as possible in war time?


The morning trip from Gourock to Dunoon by the motor boat "Comet" was discontinued as a measure of economy. In order to provide an earlier morning delivery at Dunoon a special trip of the railway steamer would be necessary, and I have no reason to believe that the present arrangement causes any inconvenience sufficient to justify the heavy expense which a special trip would involve.