HC Deb 06 July 1931 vol 254 c1715
58. Mr. ALBERY

asked the Postmaster-General, in view of the transfer of the direct wireless service to Kenya and Uganda from the Post Office to Imperial and International Communications, if he will state the reason for this transfer; and if any other transfers are pending?


The transfer of this service was a natural corollary to the transfer to Imperial and International Communications of the Post Office beam wireless services with the Dominions, which was recommended by the Imperial Wireless and Cable Conference of 1928 and approved by the Government in the early part of 1929. The transfer of the Kenya service has been delayed partly by the necessary negotiations in this country and in Kenya, and partly owing to the need for the provision of new apparatus by the company. There is one other Post Office service to which the conclusions of the 1928 Conference might be held to apply, namely, a wireless Press service to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The question of the transfer of this service has been left in abeyance pending the settlement of the transfer of the Kenya service, and no conclusion on the subject has yet been reached.