HC Deb 10 March 1908 vol 185 cc1298-9
MR. WEDGWOOD (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether an extra total payment of £35,000 is to be made by the British Treasury to some steamship company in order to facilitate communication between the various West Indian Islands; and, if so, what compensating benefits accrue therefrom to the British taxpayer.


An increased payment of £3,750 a year for ten years is payable to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company by the British Exchequer in respect of an improved Inter-Colonial Mail Service in the West Indies under a contract dated 29th August last. Full particulars will be found in House of Commons Paper No. 24 of 1908 recently circulated.

MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)

When is it proposed to take the Motion approving this contract?


At the earliest possible moment so that there may be no interruption of the service.


Can the hon. Gentleman answer the last part of my question?

MR. LEIF JONES (Westmoreland, Appleby)

What will happen if the contract meets with the disapproval of the House of Commons?


If the House disapproves the arrangement will fall through. As to the last part of the question that is largely a matter of opinion, and the benefits could only be stated at considerable length. No doubt my hon. friend will have an opportunity of hearing them.