asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the delay in putting business premises on the telephone in Didsbury, owing to the removal of overhead wires and telephone posts before the completion of the underground system, and that the District. Bank, Limited, applied to have a telephone fixed in their newly-opened branch at Didsbury in September last, but nothing has been done, and on inquiry are now informed that it will be impossible to connect them for several months; and will he take steps to remedy this delay, which is causing loss of revenue to the Department and also interfering with business?
I am aware of the position at Didsbury, which is due to unavoidable delay in the building of a new telephone exchange. and not to the substitution of underground for overhead plant. I hope that it will be possible to supply the service required by the District Bank about the end of this month.