HC Deb 07 December 1936 vol 318 c1625
27. Mr. DAY

asked the Postmaster-General the number of ships-to-shore ocean telephone messages that have passed through the British wireless telephone stations for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date; and what further early reductions are contemplated in ships-to-shore ocean and/or transatlantic telephone services?


Approximately 2,100 telephone calls with ocean liners were dealt with during the last 12 months. Reductions in rates were made in the Transatlantic telephone service on 1st July last and in the ship telephone service on 1st August. I am not in a position to announce any further reductions at the present time.


Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether the service is satisfactory?


That is a different question. Perhaps the hon. Member will put it down.


On a point of Order. May I ask whether questions of this quality, the information relating to which can be obtained by direct questions to the Postmaster-General should be on the Order Paper and wasting the time of the House?