HC Deb 03 June 1924 vol 174 cc1088-9W
7. Mr. BAKER

asked the Postmaster-General what Government Departments or services undertake wireless research or maintain wireless services; and whether he will consider the co-ordination of such activities with a view to providing a comprehensive State service?


The following Government Departments undertake wireless research:

  • The Admiralty,
  • The War Office,
  • The Air Ministry,
  • The General Post Office, and
  • The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
The first four also maintain wireless services. Wireless research, so far as it is not solely of interest to the Service Departments, is co-ordinated by the Radio Research Board of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, on which all the above Departments are represented; while the wireless services conducted by the Service Departments and the General Post Office are co-ordinated by the Imperial Communications Committee. The question of the further co-ordination of these activities is at present under the consideration of that Committee.


asked the Postmaster-General whether the Post Office wireless service from Leafield to Halifax, Nova Scotia, is used by the United States newspapers; and whether, seeing that the chairman of the American Newspaper Proprietors' Association has stated that this service provides the fastest transoceanic communication in the world, he will consider the development of publicly-owned wireless services?


The answer to both parts of the question is in the affirmative.