HC Deb 17 June 1924 vol 174 cc1942-3
21. Mr. BAKER

asked the Postmaster-General the value of the free telegraph facilities given to the railway companies for each of the last 10 years; and whether he will consider the desirability of redeeming such rights?


With my hon. Friend's permission, I propose to circulate the reply, which contains the statement of value, year by year, for which he asks, in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The value, at the rates ordinarily charged to members of the public, of the telegrams transmitted free, year by year, for the railway companies of Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the past 10 years is:

1914 47,000
1915 47,000
1916 49,000
1917 48,000
1918 42,000
1919 42,000
1920 49,000
1921 54,000
1922 64,000
1923 83,000

The tariff was increased from 6d. for 12 words to 9d. on the 1st November, 1915, and from 9d. to 1s. on the 1st September, 1920. The time does not seem opportune for considering proposals for redemption.