HC Deb 23 May 1907 vol 174 c1162

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the estimates laid before the Colonial Conference as to the number of days that the proposed All British subsidised mail service would take in getting to New Zealand or Australia took any account of the time to be spent coaling; if so, where they propose to coal; and, if not, whether any estimate has been formed as to the coal capacity required to drive a mail steamer from Vancouver to Auckland at twenty-one knots.


No definite scheme was placed before the Conference, and the points referred to by the hon. Member have not yet been examined, as they will have to be, in severe and minute detail.