§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that an acceleration of the Stornoway mail between Dingwall and Strome Ferry would not only benefit the important fishing community of Stornoway, but would also expedite the delivery of letters to the people of Strome Ferry and places served from that office, the Islands of Skye, the Uists, Benbecula, and Harris, as well as districts on the western mainland of Rossshire, where the Stornoway steamer calls; and whether, in these circumstances, he will reconsider the advisability of incurring the expenditure necessary for improving the service?
§ MR. HANBURY
An earlier arrival of the mail at Strome Ferry would not benefit the Uists, Benbecula and Harris, but it would afford a slightly earlier arrival of mails at places served from Strome Ferry as well as at some parts of Skye. This had not been overlooked by the Postmaster General in considering the matter, but he is still unable to incur the heavy cost of a special train from Dingwall to Strome Ferry which, in his judgment, would be quite unjustifiable.