HC Deb 07 April 1903 vol 120 c1243
MR. RUNCIMAN (Dewsbury)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether the opening of a subsidised cable service across the Pacific has resulted in a loss of Revenue to the Indian Government by the falling off of transit traffic across India, and, if 80, whether His Majesty's Government, or the Colonial Governments concerned, propose to pay any compensation to the Indian Government.

(Answered by Secretary Lord George Hamilton.) Some loss has no doubt occurred owing to the Pacific cable having been opened for traffic, but there does not appear to be any ground for claiming compensation.