HC Deb 21 May 1912 vol 38 cc1747-8

asked the Prime Minister whether he can state the names of the British representatives upon the International Wireless Telegraphy Conference which is to meet in London on 4th June; and whether any such representatives are charged with the duty of specially representing the interests of the Dominions or other Colonies?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

The names of the gentlemen appointed as the British representatives at the forthcoming International Radio-telegraphic Conference, are:—

  • Sir H. Babington Smith, K.C.B., C.S.I.
  • Mr. E. W. Farnall.
  • Mr. R. J. Mackay.
  • Mr. F. W. Home.
  • Commander F. G. Loring, R.N.
  • Captain E. F. B. Charlton, Ad. C, R.N.
  • Commander W. R. W. Kettlewell, R.N.
  • Lieutenant John A. Slee, R.N.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel J. M. W. Macdonogh.
  • Major R. H. H. Boys, D.S.O.
Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa are sending special representatives. The interests of other British possessions will be looked after by the British delegates.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that five out of the six French delegates are specially charged with the duty of looking after the interests of French Colonies, and under these circumstances would it not be desirable that British Colonies and Dominions should have special representation?


I do not think that is necessary. We are more fortunate than the French delegation in having a number of Colonial representatives in addition to the others appointed.


Is there any delegate with a special knowledge of the wireless needs of the West Indies?


Yes. The Colonial Office consults the Post Office in all these matters, and the expert advisers of the Colonial Office are Post Office men.

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