HC Deb 20 July 1914 vol 65 c62W

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the damage inflicted on Mr. T. Grant, of Brentford, by the inaccurate transmission of a telegram; whether there is any fund with which to compensate the general public under such circumstances; and, if not, whether he will consider the desirability of altering the law on the subject?


The precise cause of the inaccurate transmission of the telegram cannot be determined. No negligence can be shown, and although I regret that Mr. Grant has sustained loss, no fund has been placed at my disposal out of which he could be compensated. Telegraphy is not an exact art and I am not prepared to ask Parliament to alter the law.