HC Deb 20 September 1909 vol 11 cc199-200W

asked the Postmaster-General what steps he proposes to take for the prolongation of the Wireless Telegraphy Act, renewed in 1906 for a term of three years; whether, in view of the constant and rapid developments in the practical application of wireless telegraphy, the wide and varied interests involved, and bearing in mind the negotiations now proceeding for the acquisition by the Post Office of important existing installations, an opportunity will be afforded for a full consideration of the Act before the end of the present Session; and whether any new conditions, and, if so, what, have arisen since the last renewal in 1906 which render it expedient to depart from the practice hitherto followed of renewing the Act for a specific limited period, in order that it may come before the House for revision at definite intervals?


It is proposed to renew the Wireless Telegraphy Act to the end of next year by means of the Expiring Laws Continuance Bill. As the Act has hitherto been renewed once only, it cannot be said that there is any recognised practice as to the manner of its renewal. There appears to be no need, therefore, at present to revise the Bill. No circumstances or question have yet arisen which necessitated any alteration in the Act.