London Telephone Directory

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th February 1952.

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Photo of Sir Sydney Marshall Sir Sydney Marshall , Sutton and Cheam 12:00 am, 27th February 1952

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what alterations are projected in regard to the publication of the London telephone directory.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply of 20th February to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. Ian Harvey).

Photo of Sir Sydney Marshall Sir Sydney Marshall , Sutton and Cheam

Can the Minister say if it is really definite that the London telephone directory as we now know it is not to be divided up into purely local directories?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

That is another question.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield

To overcome this difficulty, will my hon. Friend issue amendments to the London telephone directory where he is not going to issue a full directory?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

I do not think that is necessary because already the new directory will go to business subscribers and to new subscribers, and any private subscriber who wants a copy can get one if he asks for it.

Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if his revised regulations allow a residential telephone subscriber in the London area to obtain a copy of a new issue of the London telephone directory merely by asking for it; to whom application must be made; and in what manner.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

If an existing residential subscriber specially needs a new issue, one will be provided; he should apply for it to his local telephone manager, preferably in writing.

Photo of Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke Mr Charles Fletcher-Cooke , Darwen

How does my hon. Friend define "special need"? Is this a needs test of some form or other?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

No, Sir. There is no difficulty about it. If any private subscriber really wants a telephone directory we shall be only too pleased to see that he has one.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

If the subscriber makes an application once, will that be only for that issue, or must he make an application for each issue of the directory?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

The subscriber must make an application for each issue of the directory.

Photo of Sir Godfrey Nicholson Sir Godfrey Nicholson , Farnham

My hon. Friend said he would be pleased to see that a subscriber got a directory if he wanted one. Did he mean to say "if the subscriber asks for it"? That is really what the Question asks.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

I am sorry if I conveyed a wrong impression. If the subscriber asks for a directory, he will get one.

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

Is my hon. Friend aware that for some four years his Department, against my better wishes, has been sending me four copies of every telephone directory for one telephone number? He might find a useful source of supply there.