Telephone Kiosks (Rural Areas).

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 5th July 1934.

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Photo of Hon. Charles Rhys Hon. Charles Rhys , Guildford

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asked the Postmaster-General the principle upon which some telephone kiosks in rural areas are erected without guarantees being required?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

The present practice is to provide one kiosk without guarantee in association with each rural automatic exchange. Otherwise a kiosk is not provided without guarantee in replacement of an open telephone call office in a rural area unless the estimated annual receipts will suffice to cover the full annual costs of the kiosk.

Photo of Hon. Charles Rhys Hon. Charles Rhys , Guildford

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the Department does in fact put up kiosks in other neighbourhoods without a guarantee?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

There are exceptional cases in which, I am sorry to say, we make mistakes. We over-estimated the amount that was going to be received from a kiosk in two cases, but in those cases we have faced up to the fact and borne the loss. The two villages are Christmas Pie and Send Village.