HC Deb 27 February 1952 vol 496 cc1123-4
28. Mr. Hobson

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will state, in detail, the reasons which have led him to doubt whether it would be profitable now to attempt any uprooting of Cable and Wireless.

Mr. Gammans

Because not enough time has elapsed since the taking over on 1st April, 1950, for a considered judgment to be reached.

Mr. Hobson

Does the hon. Gentleman think that one of the reasons might be that his party voted for the Second and Third Readings of the Telecommunications Act?

Mr. Gordon Walker

Will the hon. Gentleman consult all Commonwealth Governments concerned before he thinks of changing our policy on this matter?

Mr. Gammans

There is no question of any immediate change being made. I have answered the Question which was put to me. The hon. Member asked why the statement was made in those words.

Colonel Alan Gomme-Duncan

Can my hon. Friend say what is meant by "uprooting" wireless?

Mr. Hobson

That is only a phrase used in answer to a Question.

Mr. Deedes

As Cable and Wireless has been on a new basis for five years, does not that make it possible to review some aspects of its administration?

Mr. Gammans

My noble Friend feels that not enough time has elapsed for him to come to a considered judgment about a very important matter of this kind.