56. Mr. WILLIAM REDMOND
asked the terms on which the cheap week-end cable letters are to be sent to Australasia; whether there is to be a minimum number of words or whether the charge will be in proportion to the number of words sent; and whether the charge will be the same from Australasia to the United Kingdom as from the United Kingdom to Australasia?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
I am glad that it was possible to introduce yesterday a system of week-end telegraph messages at greatly reduced rates between the United Kingdom and the greater part of the British Empire and the United States of America, together with reductions in the charges for other classes of cable messages. The charge for week-end cable letters to Australasia is 18s. for twenty-four words or less, and 9d. for each additional word. This charge applies also to week-end cable letters sent from Australasia to the United Kingdom.