Cable Companies' Traffic (Rates).

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 7th July 1932.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

54.

asked the Postmaster-General the terms per word upon which the Post Office is paid for messages sent via the Imperial Cables and Communications route, and the difference, if any, upon transmission by any other system?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

For telegrams handed in at post offices and sent by the routes of Imperial and International Communications, Limited, the Post Office receives the ordinary inland telegraph rate of 1d. per word with a minimum of 1s. per telegram. For letter-telegrams the Post Office receives ¾d. per word with a minimum of ls. 3d. The same rates are charged for all other Cable Companies' traffic, except in one case where special conditions prevail and rates are charged on an entirely different basis.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman what is the system on which this special arrangement is based?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

I would prefer at a favourable time to explain it privately to my hon. Friend.