§ Major ARCHER-SHEE
asked the Postmaster-General why no technical expert has been appointed on the committee to examine into the organisation of the telegraph service; whether he is aware that the heads of the telegraph services in Italy, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, and Bavaria are all engineers; that the telegraph service in Sweden is managed by a board of which an engineer is a member; and whether he can now add to the committee some engineer of repute and practical experience in telegraph work?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
The committee is concerned more particularly with the commercial aspects of the Telegraph Service, and in the circumstances I did not think it necessary to appoint a technical expert as one of its members. If the committee desires information on any technical point it can, of course, readily be obtained. I may add that a separate committee—mainly composed of technical experts—is662W at present considering the question of high speed telegraphy—the principal technical problem of the Telegraph Service.