§ Special Report from the Select Committee brought up, and read, as follows:—
§ The Select Committee appointed to investigate the circumstances connected with the negotiation and completion of the Agreement between Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Limited, Commendatore Guglielmo Marconi, and the Postmaster-General, with regard to the establishment of a chain of Imperial wireless stations, and to report thereupon, and whether the Agreement is desirable and should be approved, have come to the following Resolutions, which they have agreed to report to the House:—
- (i) That the Committee propose retaining the conduct of the inquiry referred to them entirely in their own hands, but will accept? the assistance of Counsel (if the leave of the House be obtained) when they think it necessary;
- (ii.)That application be made for an Order of the House that this Committee have leave to hear Counsel to such extent as they shall see fit;
- (iii.) That any persons or body deeming themselves interested who wish to appear by Counsel shall make application in writing to the Clerk, stating the grounds upon which they desire to appear;
- (iv.) That the Committee wish it to be known that they are prepared to
76 consider all evidence bearing on the negotiation and completion of the Marconi Agreement, and invite any person in possession of such evidence to communicate with the Clerk.
§ Report to lie upon the Table, and to be printed.
§ Sir ALBERT SPICER
I beg to move, "That the Select Committee on the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, Limited, have leave to hear counsel to such extent as they shall see fit."
§ Question put, and agreed to.