Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Foreign Telephone Service).

– in the House of Commons on 29th March 1934.

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Photo of Brigadier-General John Nation Brigadier-General John Nation , Kingston upon Hull East


asked the Postmaster-General whether, with a view to facilitating business with foreign countries, he will consider the desirability of providing in each telephone exchange in the London area an operator capable of accepting a telegram in the French language?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

Any London subscriber who asks his local operator for "foreign telegrams" or who dials the appropriate code (557) is immediately connected to a foreign-speaking operator at the Central Telegraph Office; and there would accordingly be no advantage in adopting this suggestion. If my hon. and gallant Friend has informa- tion as to any difficulties experienced, I shall be glad to make inquiries on receipt of particulars.