§ Lieut.-Colonel HURST
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the hardships caused from time to time to traders by reason of the condition imposed upon them, when sending telegrams, by the Imperial Cable and Telegraph Service and companies relieving the latter from loss or damage for error or non-transmission; and whether he will inquire into the advisability of modifying such condition?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
The condition referred to by the lion, and gallant Member is laid down in the Convention which regulates the International Telegraph Service, and I think there is no probability that a majority of the countries adhering to the Convention would agree to any modification in this respect, even if the British Post Office itself were willing to do so. In the case of important telegrams, the risk of error can be reduced to a minimum by adopting the arrangements for repetition on payment of an additional quarter rate, which are provided for by the Convention.