Mr. SMITH (Wentworth)-by Mr. Lancaster-asked :
1. What value of fruit was shipped to Europe in cold storage in each of the calendar years 1S97, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902 ?
2. What value of fruit was shipped in cooled chambers to Europe in seasons 1901 and 1902, respectively ?
3. In what steamers, other than cold storage steamers, were thermographs placed by the agents of the government ; and in what compartments, other than cold storage compartments, if any, during the season of 1902 ?
4. How many thermograph readings have been
taken and now in possession of the Department of Agriculture (a) gf temperature in cold storage chambers ; (b) temperature in cooled
chambers : (c) temperature in ventilated chambers ; id) temperature in other parts of vessels unventilated ; (e) temperature on deck of
5. In what further steamers were cooling plants placed in the season of 1902, if any ?
6. In what further steamers were mechanical ventilating plants placed in season of 1902, if
* any ?
7. How much money has the government advanced to date as bonus, or subsidy, to steamship companies, to induce them to put in ventilating apparatus, to enable them to carry in better condition perishable cargo, since 1896 ?
8. How much to induce them to put in cooling plans, since 1896 ?
9. How much to induce jthem to put in cold storage plants, since 1806 ?