Government Departments and Service Units (Communications).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service. – in the House of Commons on 5th March 1940.

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Photo of Sir Joseph Leech Sir Joseph Leech , Newcastle upon Tyne West

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he will, at short intervals, notify all Departments and Service units to be more sparing in the use of the telegraph and the telephone in respect of office or routine communications?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

There are standing instructions to Departments in time of war that the telegraph and telephone services should be used for communications only where it is clear that the postal service would not be speedy enough. I do not think that the re-issue of such instructions at short intervals would produce the best results, but I will keep the matter under review.

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

Would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say, with regard to his answer dealing with telephones, whether unlimited use of automatic telephones is not in the public interest at the present time?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

The point is that whether automatic telephones or any other kind are used it is not always necessary to use them for communications when the post is speedy enough.