§ Mr. Loftus
asked the Secretary of State for War whether the War Office are prepared to pay for the heavy daily use of the Southwold-Walberswick steam ferry from November, 1939, to August, 1940; and whether he is aware that, owing to the lack of receipt of any payment, the steam ferry service has had to be closed down, thereby interrupting all vehicular communication, both military and civil, between Southwold and Walberswick and causing grave inconvenience and increased use of petrol owing to a nine miles journey by road being now necessary?
§ Captain Margesson
My hon. Friend will now have received a letter from my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary on this subject, in which he explained that a question of Crown exemption was involved, but that the War Office was prepared to make anex-gratia payment of 50 per cent. of the full rate.