§ Mr. MITCHELL-THOMSON
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the disturbances in Jamaica, he can state if there are any means of telegraphic communication solely under British control between the various West Indian Islands and between these islands and Great Britain; and whether the recent Royal Commission reported that the existing means of telegraphic communication were satisfactory?
I assume that by telegraphic communication solely under British control the hon. Member refers to-cables not landed at any intermediate point on foreign soil. There is such telegraphic communication with Jamaica, but not with the more southerly West Indian Colonies. The views of the recent Royal Commission will be found in the section of their Report which deals with telegraphs, namely, paragraphs 186 to 213 of Cd. 5369.