§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The Admiralty possess the right of hire or pre-emption by virtue of contracts with the following companies:—
Cunard Steamship Company—over all the company's vessels.
International Mercantile Marine—over all the British vessels in the association.
In addition to the above, the Admiralty possess rights of hire or pre-emption over the vessels employed under Post Office mail contracts with the following companies:—
Pacific Steam Navigation Company.—Service: Liverpool-Callao via Magellan, Panama-Valparaiso.
Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.—Service: Southampton-West Indies; Southampton-Brazil and River Plate.
Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.—Service: Brindisi-Bombay; Brindisi-Shanghai; Brindisi-Adelaide.
Union Castle Mail Steamship Company.—Service: Anglo-South Africa.
Alderney Steam Packet.—Service: Alderney-Guernsey; Alderney-Cherbourg.
Messrs. MacBrayne, Orkney Steam Navigation Company. North of Scotland and Orkney and Shetland Steam Navigation Company. Glasgow and South Western Railway Company (purchase only).—Service: Scottish Steamer Mail Service.
As to the second part of the question, I must refer my hon. Friend to clause 34, Part III., of the Cunard agreement which was presented to Parliament in 1903.