HC Deb 10 December 1912 vol 45 cc277-8W

asked the Postmaster-General whether the position of assistant inspector of wireless telegraphy is to be given to a naval officer; whether this officer is to be sent to Egypt in connection with a site for one of the Imperial wireless stations; and whether, before making the appointment, he will satisfy himself that there are no officers at present in the Post Office wireless service capable of performing these duties?


There is no such position in the Post Office as that referred to by the hon. Member. It was arranged that an officer of the Royal Marine Artillery, who has special experience of the requirements and working of long-distance wireless telegraphy, should serve on a Commission which had been appointed to select sites for the Imperial wireless stations, but the Commission has not been sent pending the decision of the Select Committee on the Marconi Agreement. There are not at present any officers in the Post Office wireless service who have sufficient experience of long-distance stations to do this work.