Meteorological Information (Transmission).

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Rochester Chatham

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether the meteorological information now sent out by the Air Ministry in Morse could be changed to telephony, in order that the information might be interpreted more easily by farmers and others equipped with receiving apparatus?

The SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Captain GUEST):

The telephonic transmission would be additional to, and not in place of, the present telegraphic transmission in Morse, which is necessary under international arrangements. The cost of such a duplicate service would involve a capital expenditure of £5,000 and an annual upkeep of about £1,500. The provision of such a service will be considered when funds are available.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Rochester Chatham

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are such telephonic reports to-day sent out from Paris?

Captain GUEST:

Yes, I am aware of that fact, but am not responsible for the way the French get their money.