Public Call Boxes (Fraudulent Calls)

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Tom Iremonger Mr Tom Iremonger , Ilford North 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Postmaster-General what evidence has been given to his Department that certain members of the public have discovered a method of using public call boxes for making telephone calls without paying the charge.

Dr. Hill:

I can assure my hon. Friend that the Post Office is well informed on this problem. Several people have been prosecuted for this type of fraud recently.

Photo of Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan Colonel Sir Alan Gomme-Duncan , Perth and East Perthshire

Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that the rumour that this comes from Aberdeen is quite wrong?

Photo of Mr William Williams Mr William Williams , Manchester Openshaw

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what evidence he has that certain members of the public have discovered a method of using the public telephone for a whole evening for a charge of 3d.?