HC Deb 07 December 1926 vol 200 cc1940-2W
Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been drawn to the complaints of the Association of European Civil Servants of Nigeria regarding travelling facilities and the equipment of fans in second-class cabins on the Elder, Dempster, and Company's boats; and what action can be taken by his Department to improve such travelling facilities?


The attention of the Board of Trade had not previously been drawn to this matter, but they have made inquiries and understand there has been correspondence between the Association and the Company regarding the provision of electric fans in the second-class cabins in one ship. The owners inform me that this is the oldest vessel in this particular section of the fleet and will soon be on turn to come off the run, and as there is not such a heavy demand on the second-class accommodation it was not thought expedient to fit this vessel. The owners also call attention to the very great improvements that have been made in recent years in the travelling facilities to West Africa. The Board of Trade do not propose to take any action.