HC Deb 24 July 1873 vol 217 cc898-9

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, If it is the intention of the Newfoundland Government to determine the monopoly which now exists in telegraphic communication between Ireland and Newfoundland, and open the line to all cables and telegraph lines across the Island, subject to a uniform tariff; and if any such notice has been given to the existing holders of the monopoly; and if any Correspondence has been received by the Imperial Government in relation to this matter; and if such Correspondence would be placed before the House?


Sir, the Government of Newfoundland has given notice to the company now enjoying a monopoly in telegraphic communications with that colony, of its determination to terminate that monopoly. Their intention is to open the matter to that competition which they believe to be wise, just, and salutary. They-will probably establish a tariff, though nothing has been settled as to uniformity. Correspondence has passed upon the matter, and there will be no objection to lay it before Parliament, but it is at present incomplete.

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