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Shipping (West Indies Route)

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 21 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the inconvenience and disappointment caused to the civilian population in the West Indies by the shortage of sea-borne passages owing to the large number which are reserved by the military authorities; and whether he proposes to send out a troopship this Autumn.

My right hon. Friend regrets that passenger accommodation on the West Indies route though increasing is not yet sufficient. The "Georgic" with capacity for all those awaiting passages has just called at Jamaica and Trinidad and he expects that a troopship will be available towards the end of the year.