HC Deb 30 July 1888 vol 329 c755
SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that considerable apprehension exists that under the Lloyd's (Signal Stations) Bill, the Corporation of Lloyd's would acquire a monopoly of collecting shipping news around the coast of the United Kingdom, and of supplying the same to the public by such channels, at such prices, whether differential or otherwise, and on such points only as they may elect, free of all State control; and, whether he can take such action as will prevent the creation of such a monopoly.

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

This Question should, I think, have rather been addressed to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. I may, however, say that I am not aware of the existence of any apprehension that Lloyd's will under their Bill acquire a monopoly; and I do not consider that there are grounds for any such apprehension. It is open to any person to establish a signal station.