HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 cc724-5W
Mr. Ridley

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is able to report any recent improvement in the transmission of news by telephone, cable, or air to neutral countries, particularly Belgium, Scandinavia, and the United States of America?

Major Tryon

Facilities have now been provided for Press messages to be sent by telephone to all neutral countries to which a telephone service is available, including Belgium, the Scandinavian countries and the United States of America.

Cable services are available to all neutral countries, and every effort is being made to ensure that Press messages are transmitted as rapidly as possible.

Air mail services to Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland were introduced on the 30th October. As regards the United States of America, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Air, on the 8th November on the question of an air service connecting at Lisbon with the Transatlantic air service.