Results 241–260 of 308 for speaker:Mr Ernest Bennett

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Stamp-Cancelling Machines. (1 Mar 1933)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend to the hon. Member for Moseley (Mr. Hannon) on Monday, the 27th February.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Telegraph Poles). (15 Dec 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Orders for poles to be delivered in 1933 are still under negotiation, and it would not be in the public interest that I should reveal at this stage the detailed information for which the hon. Member asks. As usual, the Post Office will order all the homegrown poles of suitable size and quality which are offered at a price within reasonable range of the foreign; but these will clearly cover...

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Telegraph Poles). (15 Dec 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I do not think that is a point which arises out of this question. I only say for the moment that the Dutch firm satisfies us in every requirement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Ex-Service Men, Birmingham). (1 Dec 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I am making inquiries, and will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Ex-Service Men, Birmingham). (1 Dec 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The hon. Member asks whether I am aware of certain facts and will investigate them. I will investigate them. I cannot add anything more.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Capital Expenditure. (30 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The amount authorised by the Post Office and Telegraph (Money) Act, 1931, was £32,000,000. The capital expenditure in the financial year ended 31st March, 1932, was £9,582,740. The approximate capital expenditure for the six months April-September, 1932, is £4,030,000.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Automatic Stamp Machines. (30 Nov 1932)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Machines have been installed on about 5,000 sites, mostly at Post Offices. I think it is unlikely that many districts with as many as 20,000 inhabitants are without machines, but if the hon. Member has any particular district in mind, I will make inquiry.

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.

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

Mr Ernest Bennett: No, I do not consider the expenditure involved excessive.

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.: 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 — 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 — 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.


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