HC Deb 04 August 1939 vol 350 cc2832-3W
Colonel Nathan

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will take steps to ensure that telegrams shall not be telephoned to members of the household staff of domestic telephone subscribers in cases where such subscribers have requested that telegrams shall not be so telephoned?

Mr. Mabane

Telegrams are not offered for delivery by telephone if the subscriber has requested that that form of delivery should not be adopted. In regard to subscribers to whom telegrams are delivered by telephone the Post Office cannot undertake to ensure that telegrams shall be dictated only to the addressee personally, or to the head of the household, or some person definitely authorised to receive telegrams on his behalf. It is, of course, open to a subscriber to instruct his domestic staff that telegrams are not to be accepted by telephone on his behalf, in which case they would be delivered by messenger.