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Ireland (Travel Facilities)

Volume 414: debated on Monday 15 October 1945

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24.

asked the Minister of War Transport whether he has any statement to make as to restoring facilities for travel to Northern Ireland to their previous standard.

25.

asked the Minister of War Transport when he will be in a position to announce a better travel service to Northern Ireland and Eire.

I hope that before Christmas two of the regular vessels, which are at present being reconditioned after release from war service, will be back on the Heysham-Belfast service. This will make a further vessel available for the Holyhead-Kings-town route and will enable sailings on the Liverpool-Belfast service to be increased to six a week in each direction. I also hope that before Christmas the Liverpool-Dublin service will be re-opened with three sailings a week in each direction and that an improved service will be provided between Glasgow and Belfast.

Can the right hon. Gentleman give any information as to when the regular Liverpool-Belfast boats, of which there are two survivors, will again be available?

Is the right hon. Gentleman taking into account the improvement of the service between this country and Rosslare?

I am aware that that service must be restarted, but I cannot give any information at the present moment.

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the possibility of conferring with the Minister of Civil Aviation with a view to a further air service between the two countries?