asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether the order for the two motor vessels for the Trinidad-Tobago service has yet been definitely placed; and, if not, what are the reasons for the delay?
§ Dr. SHIELS
The order for the smaller of the two vessels has been placed, and the tenders received in respect of the larger vessel are now receiving the considerations of the Government of Trinidad.
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies why the steamer "Belize," on the Trinidad-Tobago service, is again to be taken off for a survey; what provision it is proposed to make for the carrying of passengers and cargo in the interval; and whether he is aware that the uncertainty as to the future steamship service is a source of anxiety and trading loss to the inhabitants of Tobago, British West Indies?
§ Dr. SHIELS
As regards the first two parts of the question no report from the Governor of Trinidad has reached my Noble Friend to the effect that the steamer "Belize" is again to be withdrawn for overhaul, but he is aware that in the past overhaul of this vessel has been required twice a year. My Noble Friend is not aware what provision it is proposed to make in the interval, but the Government of Trinidad will no doubt do all that is possible to meet the needs of Tobago.