§ MR. CLAUDE HAY (Shoreditch, Hoxton)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he has taken any steps with regard to the appointment of a Committee to inquire into the cost of and the other measures necessary for the establishment of a fast All-British mail route, as recommended by the Imperial Conference and promised by His Majesty's Government.
§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
My right hon. friend the President of the Board of Trade is now examining the matter departmentally with the aid of experts, and until the investigation is further advanced it is not possible to 1657 say whether the appointment of a formal Committee will be necessary. As to the nature of the assurances given on this subject by His Majesty's Government, the House had better wait until the proceedings of the Conference are published.