§ Mr. HACKING
asked the Postmaster-General who is responsible for the decision as to whether the contract with the Union Castle Mail Steamhip Company to carry mails between this country and South Africa is made by the British Post Office or by the South African Government?
§ Mr. LEES-SMITH
The contract for the conveyance of the South African Mails has been continuously in the hands first of the Government of the Cape of Good Hope and subsequently of His Majesty's Government in the Union of South Africa for more than 50 years. When the contract has been renewed from time to time no reason has been seen for suggesting an alteration in this arrangement.