§ 39. Mr. OUTHWAITE
asked the amount of subsidies agreed to be paid to the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company by the imperial Government for the conveyance of mails, under contracts entered into during the period when the Earl of Selborne was Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies and First Lord of the Admiralty?
§ The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)
The sums payable for the conveyance of oversea mails are stated in the contracts which are sub- 796 mitted for the approval of the House of Commons. I would refer my hon. Friend to House of Commons Papers, 259 of 1897 and 328 of 1904.
§ Mr. SWIFT MacNEILL
During the period in question was the subsidy for the China and Oriental mails raised by £10,000 per annum?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
I would like to have notice of that. I think that there was some increase and decreases also.