§ Sir R. HAMILTON
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the cable between Sanday and Westray, in the Orkney Islands, has been out of repair for the past six weeks; and how soon it is expected that repairs can be taken in hand?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
There is a heavy programme of urgent cable repairs awaiting the Post Office cable ships in the English Channel, the North Sea and the Irish Sea, and I am afraid that it may be some three months before it will be possible to give attention to the Sanday-Westray cable. I am sorry for the inconvenience which is being occasioned to the inhabitants of the islands.