§ Mr. MacVEAGH
asked the Postmaster-General, whether railway companies who have made contracts for the acceleration of mails are at liberty, without notice, not to carry out the terms of such contract; and, if not, will he state the amount of deductions which have been made, or will be made, from the subsidies paid to the London and North-Western Railway Company on account of the number of occasions that the mail trains of the company during the coal strike were not run at contract speed or under contract conditions?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. The question of deductions from the London and North-Western Railway Company's remuneration in respect of the suspension or alteration, during the coal strike, of trains, the running of which is in any way under Post Office control, is under consideration, and I am still in communication with the company upon the subject.