HC Deb 08 December 1920 vol 135 cc2150-1W

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that there is the greatest dissatisfaction amongst egg exporters in Ireland owing to the present condition of transport; whether 4he delays, breakage, and pilferage in the transit of goods to and from Ireland and Great Britain have become so serious that importers are withholding their orders and causing considerable loss and inconvenience in this hitherto prosperous trade; and whether he will call upon the Department of Agriculture to have this whole question of transport investigated and remedied without delay?


Representations on this subject have been received both by my right hon. Friend and by the Department of Agriculture in Ireland. The conditions of transport in Ireland and between Ireland and Great Britain are seriously disorganised in consequence of the situation caused by railwaymen on some lines refusing to deal with certain forms of Government traffic. I regret that no improvement in carrying conditions appears likely so long as the attitude of railway employés in Ireland remains as at present.