§ SIR JOHN KENNAWAY (Devon, Honiton)
asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he would consider the equitable claim of those guarantors of rural telegraphs who, having entered on an agreement with the Government on the assumed basis of the one shilling tariff, now find the actual charge falling upon them materially increased, in consequence of the Postal authorities having introduced a lower tariff without consultation with such guarantors?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HENRY H. FOWLER) (Wolverhampton, E.)
In reply to a Question put to him on the 26th of April, 1883, Mr. Fawcett stated that it would be only fair, in the case of guaranteed telegraph offices then in existence, that the guarantors should not be allowed to suffer any pecuniary loss from the proposed reduction of telegraphic charges; and they would not be called upon to pay any more than the payment made in the last year of the average payment of the last three years. This arrangement is now being acted upon.