§ MR. HOGAN
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there is any objection to stating the conditions attached by Her Majesty's Government to their approval of the provisional agreement entered into between the Government of the Dominion of Canada and Messrs. Peterson, Tate, and Company for the establishment of a fast Atlantic service and whether Her Majesty's Government have fully satisfied themselves as to the competency of Messrs. Peterson, Tate, and Company to carry out the contract on a subsidy so considerably smaller than that deemed necessary by firms of much longer and greater colonial shipping experience?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. CHAMBERLAIN,) Birmingham, W.
The contract is between the Dominion Government and Messrs. Peterson, Tate, and Company, and I will ascertain whether they object to its publication at present. The Dominion Government have informed me that they fully satisfied themselves as to the competency of the contractors to carry out their engagement.