Northern Ireland

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 Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Postmaster-General the number of applications for telephones outstanding in Northern Ireland; and how many of these are in Belfast.

Dr. Hill:

Seven thousand, five hundred and sixty-eight and 2,806, respectively.

Photo of Sir Knox Cunningham Sir Knox Cunningham , South Antrim

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that in the Upper Cave Hill Road in Belfast there are people who have been waiting six years for the telephone, and would he see that those responsible on the spot get on with the job of giving this service?

Dr. Hill:

I realise that there are big arrears, but I can say that in Belfast alone three extensions of exchanges will take place next year, one other in the year after, and extensive cable laying is to take place next year.