HC Deb 07 February 1938 vol 331 cc672-3
65. Mr. Day

asked the Postmaster-General what has been the result of the experiments made for the purpose of developing the possibility of telephonic communication from railway trains in Great Britain?

Major Tryon

So far the experiments have indicated that while the problem is not free from difficulty, it is probably capable of a satisfactory solution; but the costs would be disproportionate to the revenue anticipated. In these circumstances, and in view of the heavy pressure of urgent work, it is not practicable to undertake further development of such a service at present.

Mr. Day

Can the Postmaster-General say what the cost would be, and whether the experiment has been successful on the Continent?

Major Tryon

I cannot say what the cost would be or to what extent the experiment has been successful on the Continent. I understand that Germany is not proceeding further with this development.