St. Paul's Cray

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for a telephone installation have been received from the area of the London County Council estate at St. Paul's Cray; and how many of such applications have been met.

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

About 300, of which 81 have been met. In addition, five public call offices have been installed and two more are proposed.

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

Is the Postmaster-General aware that many of these applicants live in what are known as houses for professional classes; that they had telephones in their former residences and that it is a very great hardship to them not to be able to continue to have a telephone in their house for professional purposes at present? Is there any hope of these people being supplied with this service?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

This is a residential area. I am well aware of the hardship caused to these people and am doing what I can, but there are limits to the laying of new cables and the installation of new equipment.

Photo of Mr Arthur Colegate Mr Arthur Colegate , Burton

Can the Postmaster-General assure us that the export of telephone equipment which is much needed at home has been stopped?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

No, Sir, I cannot give that assurance.