asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that, although Oldham and Rochdale are included in the revised edition of the Manchester Telephone Directory, places nearer to Manchester, such as Bolton and Bury, are excluded; and whether the next edition can be revised to include all areas within at least 20 miles of Manchester?
Oldham and Rochdale have for several years past been included in the Manchester sectional telephone directory, while Bolton and Bury are included in the Mid-Lancashire directory. The only alteration in the present edition is the arrangement of the subcribers' names in one alphabetical group. To include all places within 20 miles of Manchester in the next issue of the Manchester Directory would unduly increase the size of the book, and would also involve the inclusion of many places more proper to the directories for Liverpool, Blackburn and other large centres.
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the possibility of a smaller radius, in view of the fact that the present areas have no relation whatever to the commercial needs of the district?