HC Deb 04 June 1883 vol 279 c1634

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he has made the promised inquiry as to the relative rapidity of the delivery of the American Mails on this side, and of our Mails on the other side; and, if the result is such as to induce him to make some such selection of steamers as the American Government makes, declining to send Mails by slow steamers, and favouring all those of known and acknowledged speed?


My right hon. Friend the Member for Montrose (Mr. Baxter) asked me a Question on this subject in April last, and I then promised that I would make inquiry into it. I accordingly appointed a Departmental Committee. They have not yet completed their inquiry; but I can assure my hon. Friend that there shall be no unnecessary delay.