Results 41–60 of 308 for speaker:Mr Ernest Bennett

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.: Proposed Cuts (Adjustments). (16 Sep 1931)

Mr Ernest Bennett: (by Private Notice) asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to classes of persons involved by various economies whose cases are of peculiarly great hardship for special reasons, and whether the Government can see its way to consider them?

Oral Answers to Questions — India.: Legislative Council Election. (6 Jun 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Is it not a fact that in the North-West Frontier Province the vote rose to 70 per cent. of the electorate?

Orders of the Day — Supply.: India Office. (27 Jun 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I too should like to offer my congratulations to the Minister for his full and frank description of the Indian position and the difficulties inherent in it. If I have any slight regret at all in regard to his statement, it is based on the fact that I am afraid rather more delay may be occasioned before we see a printed Bill passing through its stages on the Floor of this House than I had...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: India Office. (27 Jun 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I do not suggest anything of the kind, but I do suggest that the answer is the answer that I gave to a gentleman who takes the same line as the hon. Member. He said: "The laws are there, they have to be obeyed, and if these people do not like to obey the law they must go back to prison." I said to him, in rather milder terms: "Well, even in England we do occasionally temper justice if not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong (Smuggling).: Telegraph Service. (26 Oct 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The instructions to operators on the procedure to be followed in the delivery of telegrams by telephone are at present under review. My hon. Friend's suggestion will he borne in mind in this connection, but it will be appreciated that the matter must depend largely on the discretion allowed by the subscriber to those who may answer the telephone on his behalf.

Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong (Smuggling).: Telegraph Service. (26 Oct 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I will certainly take note of what the hon. Member says.

Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong (Smuggling).: Telegraph Service. (26 Oct 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: As stated by the committee presided over by Lord Bridgeman, many steps have been taken to improve the financial position of the telegraph service by the introduction and standardisation of teleprinter apparatus, by re-adjustment in the apportionment to telegraphs of certain common service staff costs, and by a closer adjustment of staff to traffic. The loss has been reduced from £1,380,000...

Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong (Smuggling).: Telegraph Service. (26 Oct 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I have just said that steps have been taken to improve the financial position.

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation.: Post Office (Air Mail Services). (2 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: It is true that during the summer months the air mail services have operated with a high degree of regularity; but I fear that, until the very wide difference between the cost of air transport and of surface transport has been substantially reduced, it will not be practicable to forward mails by air without the payment of additional charges.

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation.: Post Office (Air Mail Services). (2 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The rates of postage on air letters are so fixed as to cover as nearly as possible the cost of transport and of handling and similar operations in this country. It is impracticable to state the relation of the postage charge to the payments for air conveyance in the form of percentages, as they would vary according to the destination and weight of the letter and, in many of the services,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Aviation.: Post Office (Air Mail Services). (2 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Yes, Sir; I am prepared to make that statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wireless Reception (Interference). (3 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The desirability of introducing such legislation will be considered in connection with any amendment of the law which may be necessary as the result of the deliberations of the International Radiotelegraph Conference now in session at Madrid.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Telephone Directory. (8 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The question of thumb-indexing the Telephone Directory has been frequently considered, but owing to the expense involved and the fact that publication would be seriously delayed, my right hon. Friend regrets that he is not able to adopt the arrangement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Telephone Directory. (8 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I do not know what happens on the Continent, but I know that in regard to ourselves the hon. Member's suggestion would mean a cost to the Post Office and to the Exchequer of many thousands of pounds a year. The cost is estimated at £20,000. But the worst evil would arise in the delay. It would take 100 men working seven weeks to carry out the work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Telephone Directory. (8 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I am afraid not.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Telegrams (Telephone Charge). (8 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I assume my hon. Friend refers to the fee charged for dictating a telegram from a telephone call box. This charge, which does not do more than cover the telephone operating cost involved, does not appear to my right hon. Friend to be unreasonable, in view of the additional facility for despatching telegrams at all hours of the day and night which is afforded, and he regrets he cannot see his...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.: Post Office (United States Mail). (10 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The sailing of the "Mauretania" from Southampton on the 10th instant was cancelled by the Cunard Company. No other suitable ship being available, arrangements have been made for the mails for the United States to be forwarded by the "Europa" sailing on the 12th instant, not on the 16th as suggested by the hon. Member in his question. My right hon. Friend is fully alive to the necessity for...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.: Post Office (United States Mail). (10 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: There are contracts and the companies keep as close as possible to the sailing times of the ships, but in this case there was an arrangement for repairs which made it necessary for the "Mauretania" to he delayed. I think that the impression in the mind of the hon. Member who put this question down is that, even when mail ships fail to carry the mails, they are subsidised. That is not the...

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance.: Post Office (United States Mail). (10 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The "Europa" is not owned by a British company.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Rural Offices). (15 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The minimum is £25 10s. per annum. The rate is reviewed after six months' working and again at the end of the first year. About 160 offices were opened on this basis during the two years ended 31st October, 1932.


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