HC Deb 05 December 1945 vol 416 c2314
33. Captain Gammans

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any negotiations have yet been opened with the Governments of Egypt, Portugal and other countries at present served by Cable and Wireless Limited, as to the terms under which these countries are prepared to transfer the properties of Cable and Wireless stations to the jurisdiction of His Majesty's Government.

Mr. Bevin

No, Sir.

Captain Gammans

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that while foreign Governments may not mind their territory being held by a company, they may have a strong objection if that territory is taken over by His Majesty's Government?

Mr. Bevin

That is not the Question on the Paper. The Question was whether negotiations had been opened, and I said "No," because they have not.