HC Deb 05 July 1910 vol 18 c1609W

asked the Postmaster-General if he will state by whose instructions waits are given to outlying stations offering telegrams for transmission through the concentrators at Cork post office; how many such waits or delays were recorded for 16th May last; what was the total number of delays caused to the telegrams offered by the Kinsale post office on that date; and whether a complete record of telegraphic dislocations of the nature referred to is retained by those responsible for the rapid transmission of public telegrams at the Cork office?


When there are more calls on the concentration switch than the operators on duty can deal with simultaneously the last must necessarily wait its turn, and the clerk in charge would give the "Wait" signal, which is usually for a very short time. I have no record of these signals on 16th May list (Whit Monday), but I have a record of the delay of telegrams handed in at Kinsale, which averaged less than six minutes throughout the day.