HC Deb 11 March 1908 vol 185 c1523
MR. HAROLD COX (Preston)

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General what was the revenue obtained in the last completed year from postal matter conveyed by the trans-Canadian route under the Liverpool and Hong-Kong mail contract; and what proportion this revenue bore to the subsidy paid to the contractors.


The gross revenue collected by the British Post Office on the letter and parcel mails despatched from this country by the Canadian Pacific service for the year 1907 is estimated at £35,000. To this should be added a sum of about £3,000 received for the conveyance of foreign and colonial mails. The annual subsidy payable to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company is £60,000, of which £15,000 Is contributed by Canada, and £45,000 by the British Government. The subsidy, of course, does not cover the cost of dealing with the mails in this country.