§ Mr. HAYDN JONES
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that telegraph poles erected on the sides of roads are the cause of frequent accidents; whether such poles have been so erected owing to the difficulty of obtaining consent to erect them on adjoining property; and, if so, will he take steps to obtain power to fix such poles in positions other than on the roads?
§ Mr. LEES-SMITH
Special care is taken when erecting poles on the highway to select positions involving no danger to traffic. Where this condition cannot be met, there is seldom any serious difficulty in obtaining facilities for placing them on adjoining private property. It is not proposed to introduce legislation in the near future, but the question of obtaining powers to deal with occasional cases of difficulty will be considered if a suitable opportunity occurs.