HC Deb 24 October 1918 vol 110 cc946-7W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller whether his Department, or any other Department, has yet taken, or intends to take, any steps to provide a boat to take the place of the "Leinster" mail steamer; and whether the City of Dublin Company will now be allowed to proceed with the building of a new boat to take the place of the "Connaught," which was torpedoed two years ago while engaged in the Government service?


I regret that, owing to the demand? of the Naval and Military Services, it is not possible to provide a boat to take the place of the "Leinster," and the mail and passenger services are being maintained by the vessels already available in the Irish Sea. As to the second part of the question, I am sorry to have to add that national requirements do not yet admit of arrangements being made for the replacement of the "Connaught," but the matter is being kept constantly in view, in order that the necessary facilities may be afforded as soon as possible.