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Cross-Channel Services, Northern Ireland

Volume 437: debated on Monday 12 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that sailing tickets for journeys to Northern Ireland are being brought into use early next month; and whether it is possible to avoid this serious inconvenience to the travelling public by putting more cross-channel steamers into use.

Yes, Sir. Reintroduction for the summer period is necessary to avoid the inconvenience to the travelling public which would otherwise be experienced during a period of heavy travel. All

The following statement, based on information supplied by the Board of Trade, shows the number of vessels that arrived and departed with cargo at the port of London during each month from January, 1946, to March, 1947, inclusive:

Arrived.Departed.
Foreign Trade.Coasting Trade.Total.Foreign Trade.Coasting Trade.Total.
1946.
January191674865256218474
February190621811217225442
March226770996225338563
April269620889301277578
May271711982322290612
June307643950293287580
July3556721,027347246593
August388611999326276602
September4236871,110330253583
October4557611,216399267666
November3937251,118364247611
December4177021,119338256594
1947
January3717361,107312247559
February308682990259221480
March3998011,200296293589

available vessels will be in use at the peak periods.

Does that mean that all the vessels normally employed and built for those services will be used, and would the right hon. Gentleman say what he considers to be the peak period?

I do not wish to convey the impression that it will make their maximum number of sailings possible. We must have regard to the overall coal savings which the railways and similar services must obtain during this period, but undoubtedly they will be augmented.

Will the right hon. Gentleman say if other services besides those carrying people to Ireland will make a similar saving? So far it is entirely confined to services to Ireland.