69. Mr. Rathbone
asked the Postmaster-General upon what date the Post Office beam stations will, in accordance with the Imperial Telegraphs Act, 1938, be transferred to Cable and Wireless, Limited; how many and which of these stations will thereupon be closed down; and what arrangements are being made for alternative employment for those now working at these stations?
§ Major Tryon
Under the deed of conveyance which is on the point of being completed, the transfer of these stations will take effect as from 1st March, 1938 I am informed by the company that, as at present arranged, the installations at Bodmin, Bridgwater and Grimsby will in due course be transferred to existing stations at Dorchester, Somerton and Ongar, respectively. I am assured by the company that all members of the staff 1609 affected will be transferred to stations operated by the company, with the exception of certain unestablished labourers. In these cases, I am informed that long notice and adequate compensation will be given.