HC Deb 07 April 1884 vol 286 c1813

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, If it is true that Her Majesty's Government are now entertaining a tender of the Royal Mail Company for £95,500 per annum for the conveyance of the West India Mails; whether that sum is £15,000 in excess of the subsidy now paid; whether other tenders had been received under which the service would be performed with equal celerity at a saving of nearly £30,000 per annum; and, whether all the Correspondence connected with the tenders will be presented to the House before the contract becomes binding?


Sir, the statements and figures in the noble Lord's Question are substantially correct; but as, under the peculiar circumstances of the case, all the tenders will be reconsidered by the Departments interested, the Correspondence cannot at present be laid on the Table.