Blackpool

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Roland Robinson Mr Roland Robinson , Blackpool South 12:00 am, 12th May 1954

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many telephone subscribers in the Blackpool, North Shore, South Shore and Marton telephone exchanges use shared lines.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

The figures are 394, 596, 383 and 288.

Robinson:

Can my hon. Friend say whether efforts are being made to give private lines to those subscribers who want them?

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Our desire is to give private lines to any private subscriber who desires one. I am glad to say that the number of people who are waiting has decreased considerably in the past year.

Photo of Mr Roland Robinson Mr Roland Robinson , Blackpool South

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General the reasons for the delay in providing telephones in the Blackpool, North Shore, South Shore and Marton telephone exchanges.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Nearly 1,500 telephones were connected in the past 12 months and the waiting list was reduced by over 1,200. I hope it will be possible to maintain this high rate of provision during the current year, but progress in clearing the waiting list depends upon the level of new demand and on the provision of additional cables and equipment, which are planned.

Photo of Mr Roland Robinson Mr Roland Robinson , Blackpool South

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many existing subscribers and how many outstanding applications there were for telephones on the Blackpool, North Shore, South Shore and Marton telephone exchanges, respectively, on 1st April, 1946, 1st April, 1950, and each subsequent 1st April.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

As the reply contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the information:

BlackpoolNorth ShoreSouth ShoreMarton
Number of subscribers at 1st April
1946…3,8061,2321,730629
1950…5,3631,5382,070793
1951…5,4841,6332,175896
1952…5,5701,8142,232966
1953…5,5531,8842,228984
1954…6,1191,9112,6111,015
Outstanding applications at 1st April
1946…26814214050
1950…1,032579991248
1951…1,2906361,075269
1952…1,442444993223
1953…1,6634151,114227
1954…986391623175