HC Deb 13 April 1885 vol 296 cc1458-9

asked the Postmaster General, If he would state what sum the Government have offered the Great Midland and Western Railway of Ireland to carry the mails at an accelerated rate, and also what sum the Midland demands; and, if the difference would be left to the decision of arbitrators?


In reply to the hon. Member, I may state, as the negotiations are now concluded, that the Midland Great Western offered an accelerated service on their Galway and Sligo branches for a payment of £9,000 a-year. The Post Office had offered a payment of £6,000. As the revenue available for this service is under £5,000, I am quite unable to increase my offer, or to refer the matter to arbitration.