§ Mr. M. MacMillan
asked the Minister of War Transport if he is aware that the estimated time to be taken for the construction of the new mail steamer, now on contract, to replace the "Lochness" on the Kyle—Stornoway service is 18 months; and whether he will ensure that she is ready before next winter, in view of the overcrowding and discomfort suffered, especially in winter months by passengers on this State-subsidised service.
§ Mr. Barnes
The estimated time to be taken for the construction of this vessel from date of keel laying to completion is 12 months. As the keel will not be laid for some months yet, there is no possibility of her being in service next winter. She should, however, be ready for the winter 1947–48.