asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that, although a contract for a telephone installation was signed by Mr. Williams, of 123, Burdett Road, E.3, on 2nd June, and connection promised by 23rd June, this subscriber is still awaiting the completion of the service; that dissatisfaction exists in East London owing to these long delays; and whether, in view of the large number of men unemployed, he will engage additional men in order to expedite the connection of subscribers?
Before the service could be provided for Mr. Williams, a new telephone cable had to be laid and unexpected difficulties in connection with this work prevented effect being given to the promise made to him. His circuit was completed on the 7th instant. The number of men engaged on telephone construction work in East London has been steadily increasing for some time past and will continue to be increased as occasion requires.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is not an uncommon complaint in different parts of the country, and will he make inquiry into the matter and see whether, by speeding up, the connections can be completed more satisfactorily?