HC Deb 11 November 1920 vol 134 cc1405-6W

asked the Postmaster-General when he proposes to commence working the Atlantic cable acquired by the Government; whether it is proposed to 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?


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.

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