Results 141–160 of 308 for speaker:Mr Ernest Bennett

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.: Telephone Service (Listening-in). (7 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I am aware of the case to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers. The conversation, which strongly suggested an attempt at fraud, was overheard by a telephone operator in the course of supervising a call in which exceptional measures were necessary to establish proper connection. Operators are instructed not to listen in to a telephone conversation except so far as is necessary to ensure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.: Broadcasting (Spanish). (7 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I will pass my hon. Friend's suggestion on to the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture.: Broadcasting (Spanish). (7 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: It may be so, but we have no jurisdiction in the matter, and I think the only thing I can do is to pass it on to the British Broadcasting Corporation to expedite an answer.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: indicated dissent.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The outstanding feature of these Estimates is the welcome announcement of the diminution in the charges for telephones. I have no doubt that the approval given to the proposal by this House will be cordially endorsed by the country to-morrow morning. Since that announcement a number of interesting points have been raised by various Members, and on the whole it has been an extremely pleasant...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The hon. Member may read into this report what he thinks. There were then in existence 10,000 insurance policies, which of course have continued since. In view of the facts the question of whether we are prepared to restart assurance, answers itself. I am very loth to say that any enterprise under the present Head of the Post Office and his exceedingly capable staff would not succeed, but I...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: It is only a matter of spacing the hours. As regards the feeling about the men, which I share, and the opinion that it might cause them loss of work, I should like to say that as yet no men have been dismissed as a result of the scheme, and the Post Office, which as has been mentioned by the hon. Member opposite, is a very humane employer, does not dismiss its employés if it can possibly...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: That is true, but a fund of £2,000,000 would not go very far to meet the demand made on the hon. Gentleman which meant something like £4,500,000. The hon. Member for East Cardiff (Mr. T. Morris) asked me a question, which has been asked before, about the importation of foreign timber into England for Post Office purposes. A certain amount of attention has been paid to the topic in the...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: There is time to do much between now and 1936, but I will bear in mind what my hon. Friend says and bring it to my right hon. Friend's notice. The hon. Member for Faversham (Mr. Maitland) mentioned night telegraph letters. I do not think that service is sufficiently known. In the smoking room of a London Club the other night I found that not a quarter of the people had ever heard of it, and...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The question of a flat rate has been considered over and over again by the Post Office authorities. At present we have not seen our way to accept a flat rate. I am quite prepared to review the matter, and it may be that further reasons may be seen for making a change. I regret that I missed hearing the Lady's remarks on this subject.

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Speaking for myself, the hon. Member's suggestion of a special committee to consider the subject of air mails may be worth pursuing. With regard to television, I am afraid that I know nothing about it. I can only await the report of the excellent Committee which we have set up. The hon. Member who spoke last asked one or two questions regarding the very old subject of restoration of the penny...

Orders of the Day — Supply.: Post Office. (6 Jun 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: If you reduce the cost of the stamp, you do not necessarily increase the amount of traffic. It really does not follow. After the War, when the reduction was made from 2d. to l½d., the increase in the amount of postage was not at all large. The hon. Member for Govan (Mr. Maclean) brought forward the case of a constituent who had been refused work in the Post Office, because he was too short....

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Auxiliary Postmen. (29 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The number of auxiliary postmen on the 1st January, 1930, was 12,207, and the number on the same date this year was 12,344. These men are paid at rates which were fixed by the Industrial Court in 1927; and if they were paid at the maximum hourly rates of the corresponding established full-time postmen the cost would amount to £186,000 a year. As I informed the hon. Member in reply to his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Auxiliary Postmen. (29 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: To both in varying degrees. Preference is given to regular ex-service men, and after that to non-regulars.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Auxiliary Postmen. (29 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Not necessarily.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Dismissal. (29 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: I am aware of the circumstances of this case. Mr. Page was dismissed for dishonest conduct and betting. I regret that it is not possible to offer Mr. Page further employment in the Post Office, or to furnish him with a clear certificate of character.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Dismissal. (29 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: Mr. Page was dismissed for dishonest conduct as well as betting. Every postal officer knows perfectly well that betting is prohibited.

Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting (Political Addresses). (29 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The adoption of this suggestion would be out of harmony with the resolution concerning the broadcasting service which was approved by a large majority of this House on the 22nd February, 1933.

Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting (Censorship). (16 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The responsibility for deciding on the nature of the language used in broadcast talks rests with the British Broadcasting Corporation, and my right hon. Friend does not propose to interfere with the Governors' discretion in this matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office.: Telegraph Service (India). (16 May 1934)

Mr Ernest Bennett: The telegraph service with India is conducted by a telegraph company and not by the Post Office. I am, however, making inquiry of the company concerned, and I will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as I receive their reply.


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