HC Deb 14 March 1917 vol 91 cc1094-5
86. Sir H. CRAIK

asked the Postmaster-General if his attention has been called to the number of telegrams sent on matters of small importance and no urgency by public Departments; and if he will represent to these Departments that such action adds to the work of the depleted telegraph staff and delays urgent messages both public and private?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Mr. Illingworth)

The attention of the Departments concerned is called to the points mentioned in the question whenever apparently unnecessary telegrams are observed, and it is believed that the sending of such telegrams has been checked to a considerable extent.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether the Director of National Service, in calling a conference of the Lord Mayors and representatives of the towns sent out telegrams of over 100 words to every one of those who were being called to the conference?


I must have notice of that question.