Telegraph Acts (Test Case).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 1st August 1935.

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Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

54.

asked the Postmaster-General whether he can give any information in regard to the claim of £916 against the Birmingham Corporation relative to the moving of telegraph lines; what action he now intends taking in the matter; and whether negotiations were entered into to settle the matter out of court?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

The claim against the Birmingham Corporation was the subject of a friendly test case for the settlement of an important question of interpretation of the Telegraph Acts. The matter concerns not only Birmingham, but highway and town planning authorities generally; and it was essential to obtain an authoritative decision by the Courts. The question whether any further action should be taken is now under consideration.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

Is this a case to test a principle of law?

Period.Quantity of Coal exported from the Bristol Channel Ports to
France.Italy.Germany.Spain.
Tons.Tons.Tons.Tons.
19315,567,8273,035,81144,201806,307
19325,285,5412,331,79832,823733,197
19335,138,0312,112,90134,612712,718
19344,763,4142,182,70635,967852,814
1935(January-June)2,192,3541,100,38335,630459,352

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

Yes, Sir. A legal decision was necessary in this case.