Trunk Calls, Keighley

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Charles Hobson Mr Charles Hobson , Keighley 12:00 am, 18th December 1957

asked the Postmaster-General if the City of Leeds is included in the radius for cheap trunk calls from Keighley under the new proposals announced in Parliament last month.

Photo of Mr Charles Hobson Mr Charles Hobson , Keighley

Can the right hon. Gentleman state why towns and villages much further away from Keighley than the City of Leeds are to be granted this cheap rate for trunk calls? Why is Leeds left out—because of its large population?

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

Whatever the size of the local call area, which has recently been greatly increased, and whichever way it is drawn, there is bound to be some part just outside, and as the average area has increased from 80 square miles to 900 square miles, I think that on the whole it was a very beneficial move.