§ 29. Mr. SMITHERS
asked the Postmaster-General why the licences to two American cable companies were not renewed; has there been any consequential loss of revenue; whether the American cable companies pay royalties or other dues; and, if so, what is the amount so received for the last three completed years?
§ Sir K. WOOD
The formal licences for these companies' cables have not been renewed owing to certain difficulties which have not yet been overcome. Arrangements have, however, been made for the companies to continue their services, and there has been no consequential loss of revenue. The companies pay for the lease of telegraph lines and for other services rendered to them by the Post Office, but they have never made any payment to my Department in the nature of a royalty.
§ 30. Mr. SMITHERS
asked the Post-master-General whether he is aware that the Imperial and International Communications Company has applied for a licence to land a cable in America and been refused; and will he, in making any future arrangements, take steps to secure the same facilities for British companies operating in America as American companies enjoy in Great Britain?
§ Sir K. WOOD
I am informed by the Imperial and International Communications Company that they have not applied for a licence to land a cable in the United States. In considering any future arrangements for the grant of cable-landing licences, the question of reciprocity will not be overlooked.