§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read
§ LORD SNELL
My Lords, the purpose of this Bill is to increase the maximum 1032 rate for ordinary written telegrams. It is the result of the Budget proposals of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who felt that the time had come when a further contribution to the man-power problem should be made by the Post Office. To that end it was decided that certain services should be reduced, and, on the other hand, an increase in charges was projected. The object of this Bill is to give effect to those increases. The Bill passed through another place without any kind of opposition, and it will, I believe, commend itself, to your Lordships as a measure necessary to meet the special needs of this time. I beg to move that the Bill be read a second time.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2.—(Lord Snell.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2, and committed to a Committee of the Whole House.