§ MR. HOGAN (Tipperary, Mid.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty when he hopes to be in a position to announce the decision of the Admiralty in the matter of the application for the subvention to the steamers engaged on the now service between Australia and Canada viâ Honolulu?
THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Sir U. KAY-SHUTTLE-WORTH,) Lancashire, Clitheroe
The Admiralty are unable at present to add to the list of steamships which receive a subvention as armed mercantile cruisers.
§ MR. HOGAN
When the right hon. Gentleman says the Admiralty are not prepared to recommend a subvention, am I to understand that, when this service has passed through the experimental stage, and proved itself to be a permanent link of communication between Australia and Canada, its claims to Imperial recognition will be re-considered?
SIR U. KAY-SHUTTLEWORTH
I have no doubt that any future application will be considered with the same care as the present one.