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Sir W. de FRECE
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is acting on the recommendation of the Geddes Committee that the subsidy of £2,800 a year paid to the Eastern Extension, Australasia and China Telegraph Company should be discontinued; and whether any other subsidies are being paid to the cable companies?
Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
The subsidy in question has now ceased. The only remaining cable subsidy is that payable to the West India and Panama Telegraph Company for a period of 10 year s, under an agreement approved by the House of Commons on the 25th August, 1914. That agreement will expire next year.