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Cost Of West African Mail Service

Volume 180: debated on Thursday 15 August 1907

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I beg to ask the Postmaster-General what sums have been paid for the carriage of mails to and from the West Coast of Africa during each of the last three years; and what average rate this represents per pound carried.

The sums paid for mails sent in both directions were as follows:—

Year.£.
1904–517,499
1905–617,660
1906–718,160

These amounts include payment for foreign and inter-colonial mails. The materials available do not admit of a statement of the rate of payment per pound except in the case of correspondence despatched from this country, for which the rate is estimated to be 6½d. per pound.

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General what shipping companies received payments for carrying mails to the West Coast of Africa during the last completed financial year; and how much each company received.

The particulars are as follows:—African Steamship Company, £7,224; British and African Steam Navigation Company (1900) Limited, £10,936. These amounts include payment for the mails in both directions.