§ Mr. CROOKS
asked the Postmaster-General whether he has received from Mr. C. E. Kelway a letter, dated the 14th August, 1909, pointing out that it would appear that the Admiralty restrictions to the use of the Kelway sound-locating system at Dover and on the South and South-East Coasts of England were no longer in force, and asking him whether he was now prepared to grant a licence under the Wireless Telegraph Act for the use of the Kelway Hertzian-wave apparatus in time of fog in those parts and generally throughout the United Kingdom; and, if so, will he explain why a definite reply in the affirmative has not been given to Mr. Kelway in view of the losses in fog in the parts named and generally around our coasts?
§ Mr. BUXTON
Mr. Kelway's letter of the 14th ultimo was duly received, and its receipt acknowledged. I am in communi- 566 cation with the Admiralty on the subject, and will send a definite reply to Mr. Kelway as soon as possible.
§ Mr. BUXTON
There is no question of red tape in connection with the matter. The question of interference between, stations is a matter of great importance, and it would be far worse from the point of view of humanity to have erected a station which was ineffective because it was interfered with by another station and which rendered that station ineffective by interfering with it. It is only on that ground that there has been any delay in regard to this matter.