asked the Postmaster-General if he can give an estimate of the cost of restoration of the shilling telegram on Sunday; and whether he is aware that the Sunday telegram now involves an extra payment of threepence when sent over the telephone in addition to the extra sixpence at present charged?
The estimated cost of restoration of the shilling telegram on Sunday is approximately £5,000 a year. The telephone fee is one penny if the telegram is dictated over a subscriber's rented line, or twopence if it is dictated over a public call office circuit.
Is the hon. Member aware that, in spite of the extra charge for telegrams on Sunday, these telegrams can only be sent between the hours of 9 and 11 in the morning, and that there is no guarantee that a telegram sent off by 9.30 on Sunday morning will reach its destination before the Monday?