I have no specific information on the points raised. It would, I think, be for the advocates of the canal, if they desire to learn the views of shipping companies or other parties, to take steps themselves to obtain such information as they require.
It is a question, not so much of what support there is, but of whether the canal would pay, and whether the shipping would ever use it if it were built.
No. So far as the information available goes—I am speaking from recollection—it would cost from £40,000,000 to £50,000,000, and, from all the information I have so far received, there would be no considerable volume of shipping using it if it were built.