HC Deb 07 May 1935 vol 301 cc801-2
31. Mr. DREWE

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has considered the resolution submitted by the Exmouth branch of the National Citizens' Union asking him to hold an official inquiry into the system of night telephone service in Exmouth, and particularly into the working of that service on the night of 4th March last, when there was a disastrous fire which resulted in loss of life; and what action he is taking in the matter?


I have received the resolution in question and I have made a further investigation. No information has come to light which would in my opinion have led the coroner, who held an exhaustive inquiry, to come to a different conclusion from that which he reached at the inquest, when he accepted the evidence of the telephonist concerned, supported as it was by certain documentary evidence. I would like to express my deep sympathy with those who have sustained such a heavy bereavement in such tragic circumstances.