HC Deb 12 May 1896 vol 40 cc1140-1
MR. G. W. WOLFF (Belfast, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he can state the particulars of the tenders for the proposed new line of mail steamers between Great Britain and Canada, and the amount of subsidy to be given by the Imperial and the Canadian Post Offices?


If my hon. Friend means actual tenders, the period for sending them in does not expire till the 10th of next month. If he means, as he probably does, the form of tender, they can be obtained at the Office of the High Commissioner for Canada. But I may say generally that they are for a weekly service to be performed by steamer, with an average speed of not less than 20 knots per hour, and calling, if required, at both an English and an Irish port. As I stated to the hon. Member for Canterbury on the 9th March, Her Majesty's Government would not be in a position to decide what amount of subsidy they would be justified in affording until the cost of the service has been more fully ascertained.