HC Deb 06 August 1912 vol 41 c2964W

asked the Postmaster-General if arrangements will be made to utilise the printing press taken over by the Post Office exclusively for the printing of forms used in England, so that the whole of the Irish post office telephone printing may be given out to the Irish printing contractors?


I regret that I am unable to make the arrangements suggested. The press is used for the printing of certain forms which were formerly required by the National Telephone Company in respect of the whole of its system and are now in use by the Post Office; and as electros and standing type are available for the purpose it would be both uneconomical and inconvenient to have the forms for use in Ireland printed separately. As I stated in my reply to the hon. Member some weeks ago, the amount of this printing is trifling. There is, of course, no question here of the withdrawal of work from Irish contractors.