§ MR. HENNIKER HEATON (Canterbury)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether contracts for the conveyance of the Australian and Indian mails have been concluded; and, if so, when will they be laid upon the Table of the House; and whether the protests and requirements of the Australasian Governments on the subject will be laid upon the Table before Parliament is asked to confirm the contracts?
§ MR. HANBURY
Although the Postmaster General has recently, with the concurrence of India and the Colonies, accepted tenders for the conveyance of Indian and Australian mails, the contracts are not yet drawn. They will be laid upon the Table of the House as soon after signature as possible; but the correspondence on the subject is not of 405 such a nature that the Government would think it necessary to lay it on the Table of the House.
§ MR. HENNIKER HEATON
asked if the right hon. Gentleman was aware that the Australian Governments had published the contracts?