Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office (Victoria Telephone Exchange).

– in the House of Commons on 9th July 1935.

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Photo of Mr Samuel Hammersley Mr Samuel Hammersley , Stockport

37.

asked the Postmaster-General when Victoria telephone exchange is expected to be on the dial system?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

It is expected that the main Victoria telephone exchange will be converted to automatic working in the course of 1938, but steps are being taken to convert certain portions of this Area at a considerably earlier date.

Photo of Mr Samuel Hammersley Mr Samuel Hammersley , Stockport

In view of the considerable delay which seems to be inseparable from the working of the manual system, could not something be done to expedite the transference?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bennett Mr Ernest Bennett , Cardiff Central

The conversion of these exchanges is a very heavy work, and we are doing our utmost to cope with the difficulties. If the hon. Member cares to see me afterwards, I will go into the matter with him in more detail and show him facts and figures which illustrate our progress in this particular area.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Do I understand then, that the dial which was recently fixed in my office in connection with the Victoria Exchange may not come into use for two years?