§ COLONEL NOLAN (Galway, N.)
I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the total amount of the subsidies or contracts paid to Steam Companies starting with Foreign or Colonial Mails from English ports, and what is the total amount paid to Steam Packet Companies starting from Irish ports?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square
The total amount paid to Packet Companies under contract to sail with Foreign and Colonial Mails from English ports amounted in the financial year ended March 31, 1891, to £689,777. No Foreign or Colonial Mails are sent by steamers starting from Irish ports, though, of course, many mails are put on board steamers which have started from England in Irish ports.