Orkney and Shetland

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th July 1946.

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Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 11th July 1946

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will arrange for North Ronaldsay to be connected by cable to the telephone system in Orkney.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

This matter is being considered in connection with an inquiry at present being made into the extension and improvement of the telecommunication services in Orkney. Full weight will be given to the hon. Member's representation.

Photo of Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence Major Sir Basil Neven-Spence , Orkney and Shetland

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will give a list of the places in Orkney and Shetland in respect of which he has received applications for the installation of telephone call boxes, stating whether the guarantees required by his Department have been provided; whether work has begun on any of these installations; and the date by which they are expected to be completed.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

As the list is rather long, I propose, with the hon. Member's permission, to circulate the answer in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the list:

Orkney.
Clestrain.Rendall.
Shetland.
Billister.Aywick.
Culswick.Basta.
Dale of Walls.Colvaster.
Funzie.Cunnister.
Muckle Roe.Cuppaster.
Norwick.Gossaburgh.
West Burrafirth.West Yell.
Westing.Vatster.

A full guarantee against loss is not required but only a contribution of £4 annually for five years in each case, after which the Post Office will bear the whole loss. This contribution is, so far, forthcoming only in respect of the kiosk desired at Billister. This kiosk will necessitate a very large amount of construction work, but will, it is expected, be ready for service by the end of March, 1947.