HC Deb 16 March 1855 vol 137 cc637-8

said, he begged to ask the Secretary of the Treasury whether, in the present unsettled state of the eastern frontier of the Cape of Good Hope, it was the intention of the Government to establish more frequent communication with that colony, by contract with a steam-packet company or otherwise?


said, that the question of postal communication between this country and the Cape had been under the serious consideration of the Government during the last few months; but he was sorry to have to add that up to the present time they had not been able to come to any arrangement for an increased postal communication with that colony. They had hoped that the Legislature of the Cape of Good Hope would have been induced to put on a branch service from the Cape to the Mauritius, the Government of the Mauritius having established a communication between their colony and the Point de Galle, where the service was taken up by the Peninsular and the Oriental Steam Navigation Company. He believed that point had not yet been decided. It was, however, under the consideration of the Admiralty and the Post Office; and no time would unnecessarily be lost in effecting some arrangement upon the subject.

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