asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the incoming Cunard liner "Campania" called at Queenstown on Tuesday, the 21st June, and during a delay of only thirty minutes landed the mails for Ireland, Scotland, and the North of England, thus enabling these letters to be delivered 2021W early on Wednesday morning at their destinations and replies to be despatched by the outgoing White Star liner on Thursday, thereby saving three to four days to most of these correspondents; and whether he can give the percentage of the mails carried by the "Campania" for the United Kingdom which were landed on this occasion?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The facts as regards the call at Queenstown of the packet "Campania" on the 21st ultimo are as stated, except that the actual stoppage was for forty-two and not thirty minutes, and much more time than this was occupied in slowing down and getting up speed again. The total number of bags of mails brought by the packet was 260, of which 203, or 78 per cent., were for the United Kingdom. The bags landed at Queenstown numbered 107, namely, eighty-six for Ireland and twenty-one for Scotland, constituting 52.7 per cent, of the mail for the United Kingdom and 41 per cent, of the total mail.