1. What amount of bonuses or subsidies have been voted by parliament each year to railways during the years 1900, 1901 and 1902 ?
2. How much of the said bonuses or subsidies has been paid during the said years, and up to 1st September, 1903 ?
The 'MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding). The first part of the question will hardly admit of a definite answer, inasmuch as the subsidies are not voted in any lump sum. If my hon. friend will take the mileage which is voted, and make an approximate estimate on the (basis of $3,200 per mile, he might arrive at some idea of the amount; but in some cases the subsidies are larger than $3,200 and are paid in proportion to the cost of -the road. The second question admits of an answer, and I will be very glad to give the hon. gentleman the information at a later stage ; I have not it ready to-day.
Subtopic: RAILWAY SUBSIDIES VOTED.