Mr. T. WILSON
asked the Postmaster-General when he proposes to commence working the Atlantic cable acquired by the Government; whether it is proposed to 1406W take over the staff at present employed; and whether adequate compensation or pensions will be paid to those members of the staff who are not retained?
§ Mr. ILLINGW0RTH
This cable has hitherto been worked by the Western Union Company under lease from the Direct United States Company. I have agreed to continue the lease temporarily for six months, and thereafter subject to five months' notice, pending other arrangements. The staff are employes of the Western Union Company, and I understand the pension funds of the Direct United States and Western Union Companies provide for any staff retiring on pension.