§ 56. Lord CHARLES BERESFORD
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now in a position to give the number of British steamers on the high seas on the 16th March last, homeward bound from South America and the Cape of Good Hope, in the South Atlantic only, south of an imaginary line drawn from Demerara to Tangier, and state the total value of those steamers; the approximate value of the foodstuffs carried therein; and how many British steamers were in port in the South Atlantic on that date?
I find that only a part of the information asked for could be supplied and that the preparation even of this would involve a considerable amount of time and trouble. Perhaps, therefore, the Noble Lord will speak to me on the matter.