§ Mr. MacMillan
asked the Minister of War Transport if he will state, approximately, when the new vessel about to be built for Messrs. MacBrayne's Company, for the Stornoway-Kyle of Lochalsh mail and passenger service will take up service on this route; and what is her maximum and her normal running speed.
§ Mr. Barnes
A permit to contract with the shipbuilders for the construction of the vessel to which my hon. Friend refers was issued to Messrs. MacBrayne by my Ministry on 18th September. The completion date, speed and specification of the vessel will depend on the arrangements which Messrs. MacBrayne conclude with the shipbuilders.