HC Deb 31 July 1939 vol 350 c1964W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Postmaster-General on what grounds he has withdrawn the subsidy formerly paid to the Loch Shiel Steamship Company; what was the amount of the subsidy; whether he is aware that the withdrawal of the subsidy means the closing down of this steamship service, to the serious hardship of the population presently served; and whether he will reconsider the said withdrawal and so safeguard this service in the public interest?

Major Tryon

No subsidy is paid to the company by the Post Office, but they hold a contract for services rendered, namely, the conveyance of mails, for which they receive a payment of £400 per annum. The postal services in the district are being entirely reorganised and greatly improved, and this involves curtailment of the use of the steamer, and a corresponding reduction of the mail payment.

As regards the maintenance of public facilities other than postal services, I understand that the hon. Member has another question on the Order Paper for Wednesday next.