Telephone Call Fees (Fish Merchants).

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 18th December 1928.

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Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

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asked the Postmaster-General if he is prepared to accede to the requests from the Federation of British Wholesale Fish Merchants' Associations for a reduction in the amount required by the Post Office as a deposit for telephone trunk calls, and also for an extension of the night trunk rate from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.?

Photo of Sir William Mitchell-Thomson Sir William Mitchell-Thomson , Croydon South

I regret that I cannot see my way at present to make the concessions desired. As accounts for telephone call fees are rendered at a considerable interval after the services have been performed, deposits are, as a general rule, balanced by the accrued liabilities of subscribers. The night rate for trunk calls could not be extended to 8 a.m. without substantial loss of revenue.

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

Will my right hon. Friend be prepared to receive a deputation from this Federation, which represents the whole of the wholesale fish merchants of this country?

Photo of Sir William Mitchell-Thomson Sir William Mitchell-Thomson , Croydon South

I am always ready to receive deputations, but this matter has been very carefully considered, and, as I have said, I am not prepared to take action. Therefore, there would be no useful purpose served in receiving a deputation.