Automatic Telephones.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Sir Alfred Beit Sir Alfred Beit , St Pancras South East

56.

asked the Postmaster-General when the conversion of the London telephone system to the automatic system will be completed; and what is the present annual rate of progress?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

The conversion of the London telephone system to automatic working will, in accordance with the present programme, be completed within the next 10–12 years. There are at present 118,460 automatic subscribers' lines in the London area, or about 31 per cent. of the total. Future progress must depend to some extent upon the rate of new development achieved, but the past average has been about 30,000 lines a year.

Photo of Sir Alfred Beit Sir Alfred Beit , St Pancras South East

Can the right hon. Gentleman give the House any assurance that the sharp noises which so often hurt our ears when we are using the telephone will be removed when the system is complete?

Photo of Mr Alan Chorlton Mr Alan Chorlton , Manchester Platting

57.

asked the Postmaster-General the total amount paid in licence fees for the automatic telephones?

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

The total amount paid in royalties in respect of automatic telephone plant since 1923 is approximately £43,000.