I can only give figures for the Urmston Exchange as a whole. One hundred and eighty-nine telephones were installed between 1st May and 1st October, 1957. On the latter date 644 applications were outstanding of which 98 were in course of provision. Three new cabling schemes are in hand to enable us to provide service to the waiting applicants. They will be brought into use progressively between mid-1958 and early 1959.
Is my hon. Friend aware that his Department promised that they would clear the 350 applications at Urmston, West before the end of August? Can he explain why the figures are so far short of that total for the whole of Urmston?
Fifty telephones were installed between 1st- May and 1st September. The number of outstanding applications at 1st September is not available, but at 1st October the figure was 179 of which 37 were in course of provision. New cables are being laid and this work will be completed by next March enabling us to give service to nearly all others now waiting.
Is my hon. Friend aware that in June his Department told me that it would install 180 telephones in that area before the end of September? Will he explain why it has failed to do that?