Air-Mail Service (Orkney and Shetland)

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st March 1945.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 21st March 1945

asked the Postmaster-General on how many days in each year since the services were inaugurated have the aircraft due to carry mail from Inverness to Orkney and from Aberdeen to Shetland failed to take off.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

As the reply contains a number of figures I will, with the hon. and gallant Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

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

Do not the figures disclose the fact that owing to meteorological conditions a much more regular service can be maintained from Inverness than from Aberdeen, and would he look into the possibility of sending all the Shetland mail from Inverness in future?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I must leave my hon. and gallant Friend to form his own conclusions from the long list of figures which I am supplying.

Following are the figures:

Excluding cancellations on Air Ministry instructions particulars of failure to take off are as follows:

1938.1939.1940.1941.
Inverness—OrkneyNilNil68
Aberdeen—Shetland295143
1942.1943.1944.1945.
Inverness—Orkney244Nil
Aberdeen—Shetland3381113