To ask the Postmaster-General whether the telegraph poles used in the Post Office service in Ireland are imported from Sweden and Russia into England; whether they are creosoted in England and then sent on to Ireland; and, if so, will he explain why they are not imported direct into Ireland and creosoted there instead of in England. (Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) The poles come at present from. Norway, Sweden, and Russia, otherwise the facts are as stated by the hon. Member. I do not know whether the two creosoting firms in Ireland, one in Dublin and one in Belfast, would be able to undertake the work of creosoting telegraph poles, but they will have an opportunity of tendering when tenders are invited later in the year.
(Dublin, St. Patrick)