HC Deb 10 December 1928 vol 223 cc1705-6
60. Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Postmaster-General, in view of the decision to retain the overseas wireless telephone system in Government hands, what is the corresponding policy of His Majesty's Governments in the Irish Free State, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India?

Viscount WOLMER

So far as I am aware, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand have at present no overseas telephone services, although the British Post Office has proposed experiments with the first three of these Dominions. The overseas telephone services of the Irish Free State are wholly in the hands of the Free State Government, and are conducted by means of submarine cables connecting with the British Post Office telephone system, and so with the Continent of Europe. In Canada, the telephone services are conducted by a number of different Canadian authorities, including some private companies and some Provincial Government telephone sys- tems; their overseas telephone calls are effected via the British post office system, which affords connection with the Continent, of Europe.