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?
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.
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.