Air Mails (Shetland).

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 15th June 1936.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the establishment, since 2nd June, of communication with Shetland by two independent air lines, operating on alternate days; if he is aware that both lines will be operating daily in the near future; and whether he is prepared, at an early date, to make use of one or both of these lines for the conveyance of first-class mail matter to Shetland?

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has yet invited tenders for the carrying of air mails between Aberdeen and Shetland, via Orkney; and whether the two air line companies which opened regular lines from Aberdeen to Shetland this month will be given equal opportunity to tender for any such air mail contract under consideration?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I am aware that air services between the mainland of Scotland and Shetland have been in operation since the beginning of this month. It is desirable to have a few months' experience of the working of the new services before entrusting mails to them, but if and when it is decided to consider sending mails by air to Shetland, the hon. Member for North Aberdeen (Mr. Garro Jones) may rest assured that opportunity to tender will be given to any air company which is in a position to offer a regular and satisfactory service.

Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

Could the Postmaster-General give an assurance that advantage will not be taken of this unexpected competition by the Post Office to secure an uneconomic rate for the carriage of mails by either of the companies concerned?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I do not anticipate that any uneconomic tenders, will be made.