HC Deb 17 April 1907 vol 172 cc955-6
MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)

To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, who is responsible for the conveyance of local correspondence between the various West Indian islands; and what steamship subsidies are paid for the conveyance of such letters, and by whom.

(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) Correspondence is conveyed between the

Statement showing Ordinary and Sick Leave allowed.
Rank. Ordinary Leave. Sick Leave.
Full Pay. Half Pay.
Days. Days. Days.
Naval Store Officer } 42 156 156
Victualling Store Officer
Ordnance Store Officer
Expense Accounts Officer
Deputies of all Departments 36 156 156
Assistants of all Departments 36 156 156

various West Indian Islands, by such steamers as are available, at ship's letter rates, and also, up to the end of this month, by the inter-Colonial service of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, which has been for the last few months in receipt of a subsidy at the rate of £17,500 per annum, paid in equal shares by the Imperial Post Office and by the Governments concerned. Letters are also carried under contract by the steamers of Messrs. Pickford and Black under contract with the Canadian Government which receive a subsidy of £27,000 a year, to which the Imperial Government contributes £13,500.