§ SIR H. DRUMMOND WOLFF
asked the Postmaster General, If he can state why a telephone exchange licence cannot be granted to the United Telephone Company, on payment of the usual royalty, for Portsmouth, on the same terms as to Bristol and other large towns; and, whether he will consent to receive a deputation on the subject from the Town Council and Chamber of Commerce of the Borough?
§ MR. FAWCETT
I fear I could not, without unduly occupying the time of the House, explain the reasons which have led to some conditions being inserted in the telephone licences recently granted which were not in the licences first given. There is the less occasion to enter into such an explanation, as I shall have no objection to receive the deputation from Portsmouth referred to by my hon. Friend; and if be will communicate with me I will arrange a day convenient to those who wish to see me.