§ MR. WANKLYN (Bradford, Central)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the recent reports by British Consuls of the advance made by foreign merchant shipping in competition with British vessels, he can see his way to suggest to His Excellency Sir West Ridgeway, the Governor of Ceylon, that he should patronise one of the British lines of steamers calling at Colombo instead of a German ship on his journeys to and from England and elsewhere?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TUB COLONIES (MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN,) Birmingham, W.
I do not think it is my duty to give Sir West Ridgeway any advice in the matter. But, as my honourable Friend is interested in the matter, I can only report that the particular line of steamships referred to declined to take an important member of the Governor's suite, in the shape of a favourite dog.