HC Deb 21 November 1912 vol 44 c478

asked the Postmaster-General whether the first Marconi tender was signed in January last; whether none of the Dominions have entered into a contract with the Marconi Company; and whether he has himself given currency to either or both of these statements?


These statements which have appeared in the "National Review, "and have been reproduced textually in the "Spectator, "are totally false, like much else that has been written with reference to this contract. No agreement of any kind was made with the Marconi Company with respect to these stations until 7th March, 1912, when their tender, in general terms, was accepted, the contract itself being signed on the 19th July. I have made no reference to any tender having been signed in January. The South African Government is participating in the contract, and the statement which I am alleged to have made with respect to the Dominions is a mere invention.