Civil Service Commission (Telephone Number)

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 17th July 1952

asked the Secretary to the Treasury if he is aware of the inconvenience caused by the Civil Service Commission in withholding their telephone number from the directory; and whether, in view of the fact that no other Government Department withholds its number from the directory, he will give instructions to the Civil Service Commission to come into line.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The Civil Service Commissioners have arranged for their telephone number to be given in the next edition of the London telephone directory.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that this sort of action is most unsatisfactory on the part of the Department, and that for many years the Department has persisted in this policy, causing great inconvenience to the public?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I hope my hon. Friend is not suggesting that the entry of the telephone number is unsatisfactory. It is designed to be of convenience to the public.