§ MR. CAINE (Cornwall, Camborne)
To ask the Postmaster General whether telegraph money orders are accepted by the Post Office containing instructions with reference to the making of bets; and whether the Postmaster General will take steps to prevent the telegraph service being used for gambling transactions.
(Answered by Mr. Austen Chamberlain.) Under the regulations relating to telegraph money orders the sender of an order by telegraph is allowed to have a private message added to the official telegram of advice. This private message takes the place of the separate telegram 132 which the sender would otherwise have to forward, and it is sent in accordance with the ordinary rules regulating the transmission of telegrams. I am not able to discriminate between betting telegrams and other telegrams.