§ Mr. SHORTT
asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to delays in telegraph work in many parts of the country; whether representations have been made to him that these delays are due in large measure to systematic understaffing; and whether he has caused any, and what, inquiries to be made with reference to those representations, and with what result?1448W
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
Full inquiry is made into all complaints of telegraphic delay and the circumstances are carefully investigated. I am informed that complaints are fewer now than they used to be; and, on the whole, the service is better, notwithstanding that from various causes there has been a great increase in the work during the current year. Where increase of force is necessary it is given, and it is a misapprehension to suppose that there is systematic understaffing.