Telephones, Rural Areas.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 28th November 1922.

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Photo of Sir James Millar Sir James Millar , Fife Eastern

40.

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is prepared to institute an inquiry into the question of providing a wide extension of the tele- phone system in rural areas at reasonable rates to meet the requirements of the agricultural and other rural industries?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Ladywood

In view of the very favourable terms on which new exchanges are now opened in rural areas, the very low tariff for rural party lines and the rapid growth in the number of rural call offices and telephone subscibers, I do not consider that there is any case for an enquiry at present.

Photo of Sir James Millar Sir James Millar , Fife Eastern

Is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to receive further representations on the subject from the various interests concerned?

Photo of Mr Isaac Foot Mr Isaac Foot , Bodmin

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asked the Postmaster General what progress has been made as to the installation of rural telephones within the past six months?

Photo of Mr Neville Chamberlain Mr Neville Chamberlain , Birmingham, Ladywood

Since May last about 200 new exchanges in rural areas have been authorised. In the same period 437 call offices have been opened at provincial post offices, chiefly in rural districts, and about 200 more have been authorised and are awaiting completion. The number of rural party line telephones in use has increased by 1,850 since the 1st May.