HC Deb 13 June 1927 vol 207 cc668-9
28. Mr. J. HUDSON

asked the Postmaster-General what action he proposes to take in view of the repeated complaints by firms and the chamber of commerce at Huddersfield of errors in the transmission of cablegrams which have entailed considerable loss; and whether, as these errors are in part due to the machine telegraphic transmission from Newcastle to Leeds, whence they are again re-telegraphed by the ordinary lines to Huddersfield, he will minimise the risk of error in this procedure by the use either of direct wire from Leeds to telephonic addresses in Huddersfield, or of block letter characters in cablegrams which are to be sent or telephoned from the Huddersfield post office?

Viscount WOLMER

My attention has been called to three cases in which errors have occurred in cablegrams for Huddersfield during the last few months In two of these cases the errors occurred in the wireless transmission of the messages between Canada and this country, and in the third case some of the errors occurred on a cable company's system and some in transmission between Leeds and Hudders field. The errors are much regretted, and every effort is being made to maintain the service at a high standard of accuracy. Direct transmission from Leeds to telephone subscribers in Huddersfield, or the transcription of messages in block characters, would involve practical difficulties, but I am having the hon. Member's suggestion carefully reconsidered.