HC Deb 19 May 1873 vol 216 c101

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he will, before the beginning of the Whitsuntide recess, lay upon the Table of the House the Returns relating to the purchase of Telegraphs, ordered on the 1st of May to be printed?


I fear, Sir, that it will be impossible to have this Return completed before Whitsuntide. In the first place it is a heavy Return in point of matter. In the next, the questions which are open between the Department and some Railway Companies are of such a nature as to make it necessary that the Return should be very carefully prepared.