HC Deb 26 April 1909 vol 4 cc9-10

asked whether a steamer of the Elder, Dempster, and Company's line will call at Bermuda on both the outward and homeward voyages, and how often; whether Bermuda pays any subsidy to the company for this service; and what is the amount of subsidy paid by the British Government to Elder, Dempster, and Company for the West India service?

Colonel SEELY

I am glad to say that the Legislative Council of Jamaica has agreed to arrangements being made for the "Port Kingston" to call at Bermuda on the homeward, as well as on the outward, voyage, every six weeks. Bermuda has provided a sum not exceeding £900 a year to enable £100 to be paid for each call on the outward voyage. The conditions of the call on the homeward voyage are not yet known, but it is understood that they are not likely to involve any payment by Bermuda. The contract of the 12th April, 1900, with Messrs. Elder, Dempster and Company provides for the payment, of a subsidy of £40,000 a year, of which £20,000 is paid by the United Kingdom and £20,000 by Jamaica.