HC Deb 09 July 1863 vol 172 cc437-8

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, If he can state the nature and extent of the injury sustained by the Malta and Alexandria Telegraph Cable; and whether it is true that some months will probably elapse before the line will be repaired so as to admit of the transmission of messages as heretofore?


replied, that according to the accounts which had been received by the Treasury the injury to the wire occurred about seventy miles from Alexandria, in comparatively shallow water. The line was at present under lease, and the responsibility of repairing the injury rested on the lessees. Being unable to procure a suitable vessel in the Mediterranean, the parties had come to this country and hired a vessel, which was now being fitted up. She would leave England on Monday next, and should the weather be favourable, they expected that the line would be in working order in about a month from the present time.