§ MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that considerable dissatisfaction exists in Canada in consequence of mails not now being sent by the Allan steamers; and whether there is any prospect of an early renewal of the direct transmission to Canada of postal communications from the United Kingdom?
§ MR. RAIKES
I have not received any intimation that dissatisfaction exists in Canada on account of mails not being at present sent by the Allan Line of steamers. Since the termination of the Canadian Government contract, last month, the mails for Canada have been regularly forwarded twice a week, viâ New York, by the British Contract Packets; and they have no doubt reached their destination as quickly as they formerly did when sent by the Allan Line. Proposals have been made to my Department by the Allan Company to carry mails by their direct steamers, and my hon. Friend may rest assured that they shall receive my careful consideration.