MR. MACDONALD CAMERON (Wick, &c.)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the reduction in the rates of Indian and Colonial 1470 postage, as stated in his Budget speech, will take effect?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN, St. George's, Hanover Square)
I am informed that the majority of the Australian colonies have agreed to the reduction, while New Zealand and the Cape Colony have given their assent, subject to certain conditions. Some important points have been raised by the Indian Government which are still under consideration. It is impossible to say when the negotiations will be finally arranged and a date fixed when the reduction of the rate will take effect.