Telephone Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 15th June 1936.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Groves Mr Thomas Groves , West Ham Stratford

asked the Postmaster-General what, if any, special arrangements are made to ensure that wrong telephone numbers are not called at unreasonable hours; whether he is aware that a subscriber on the Maryland Exchange was at 2 a.m. on 8th June awakened by a telephone call only to be told that it was a wrong number; and whether he will ensure that all steps will be taken to ensure greater care at these hours?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

Calls to subscribers on manual exchanges in London are specially challenged by the operators between midnight and 6 a.m. in order to guard as far as possible against subscribers being disturbed unnecessarily; and I am very sorry if this challenge was omitted on the occasion to which the hon. Member refers.

Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport

asked the Postmaster-General what is the number of direct trunk telephone lines between London and Stockport in operation to-day; and whether any increase is contemplated?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

Stockport is part of the Manchester automatic telephone area; and there are 82 trunk circuits between London and Manchester. Three additional circuits are being provided, and further circuits will be provided as the traffic grows.