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Imperial Wireless Communication

Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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(by Private Notice) asked the Postmaster- General whether the arrangements to hand over to a commercial company Imperial wireless communications from Great Britain to British Possessions are finally concluded, except as regards the actual licences, and whether, as regards the terms of the licences, the House will be given an opportunity of discussion before they come into effect?

I have been asked to answer this question. The policy of the Government in this matter was announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on the 5th March, in answer to a question by the hon. Member for the Frame Division (Mr. Hurd). The provisions of the licences have not yet been settled, but when completed they will be laid on the Table of the House. The Government are not prepared to provide a special opportunity for discussion, but the question can be raised on the Estimates.