§ Major GLYN
asked the President of the Board of Trade if the coast-watching stations are now directly connected by telephone, and if improved methods of communication with lifeboat and rocket stations have been devised since August last; and, if so, whether a report has been made to him on this matter as was promised last year?
§ Mr. W. GRAHAM
All coast-watching stations are provided with telephones. It is the policy of the Board to connect them as far as possible and as opportunity offers with the national telephone system instead of directly with one another, and this has been done in the 1269W great majority of cases. While the methods of communication are constantly being improved, no special development in this sense has taken place since August last. The report of the committee which is considering the coast-watching organisation as a whole will, I understand, be presented shortly.