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Marconi Company

Volume 161: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1923

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asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the fact that under the Telegraph Act the Government has no power to grant to a private company or firm the right or privilege to transmit public telegraph messages, he will consider the withdrawal of temporary licences granted the Marconi Company to undertake the transmission of telegrams?

The Postmaster-General possesses powers under the Telegraph Acts to grant licences to transmit messages by telegraph, but telegrams to and from places abroad, such as those covered by the temporary licences granted to the Marconi Company, are exempt from the Postmaster-General's ordinary telegraph monopoly. The licences in question have been granted in pursuance of the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1904, under which no wireless station can be established or worked without the licence of the Postmaster-General.