Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Wireless Telegrams, India and Kenya).

– in the House of Commons on 20th March 1934.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

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asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the inconvenience arising from the fact that all wireless messages sent to England from India and Kenya have to be paid for on a gold franc basis, he will direct that all inter-Imperial wireless messages transmitted by the Imperial and International Communications, Limited, shall in future be assessed and paid for on a basis of sterling or the currency of the country of origin?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

The arrangements for the assessment and collection of charges for telegrams handed in at telegraph offices in India and Kenya for transmission overseas are under the control of the Administrations of those countries, and I have no power to intervene in the matter as my hon. Friend suggests.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Will the hon. Gentleman impress upon the Governments concerned the vital importance to-day of maintaining the superiority of sterling and allowing no other currency to compete with it in the manner that I have indicated?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

If the hon. Gentleman wishes to pursue the question, he had better address questions to the Secretary of State for India and the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Will the hon. Gentleman inform the House where his chief is to-day?