Telephone Directory

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 March 1945.

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Mr. Hiģģs:

asked the Postmaster-General why the 1945 Telephone Directory is not being issued to private subscribers and only issued to business firms in quantities equal to the number of lines they have installed; and can he see his way clear to increase the issue to something approximating to the number of instruments installed.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

In view of the urgent need for economy in paper, the supply of directories to residential subscribers ceased, and the supply to business subscribers was curtailed, as from September, 1940. Arrangements have now been made for all residential telephone subscribers to be supplied with a copy of their up-to-date telephone directory during the twelve months commencing in May next, but the paper situation is not yet good enough to justify me in supplying additional copies to business subscribers.

Mr. Hiģģs:

Is the Postmaster-General aware that, for every new directory supplied, an old one is, or should be, collected; and can he say, therefore, how this shortage of paper arises?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I gathered from the hon. Member's Question that he wanted more distributed than are now being distributed, and thus what he is now saying does not arise.

Mr. Hiģģs:

I said "as distributed before."