§ SIR ANDREW AGNEW (Edinburgh, S.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if he will state what progress has been made up to the present time with the underground cable to Edinburgh and Glasgow on the Scottish side of the border; what further progress he proposes to make during the present year; and when he expects that the work will be completed.
§ THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Lord STANLEY, Lancashire, Westhoughton)
With the exception of a small section where there has been some difficulty owing to differences with the road authorities—now fortunately settled—the line of 1376 underground pipes is complete to Glasgow. The cable will be drawn in along the whole of that line during the year 1905–6. I shall not be in a position to extend the underground line to Edinburgh at present, but there will be little chance of serious interruption of communication with that city when Carlisle and Glasgow, which have a number of independent lines to Edinburgh, are both on the main underground system.