§ MR. GEORGE ROBERTS (Norwich)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he can state when the Telephone Bill will be introduced; and what steps have been taken with, regard to the transference of the staff.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
As I have already stated in answer to Questions on the 26th February and 8th March last, it is not intended to introduce at present a Bill dealing with the transfer of the National Telephone Company's staff to the Post Office. The transfer of the company's system will not take place until the 1st January, 1912, and as statutory authority will be required for other parts of the arrangement besides the transfer of the staff, it will obviously be more convenient to introduce a Bill when the whole subject can be dealt with.