Ongar

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 30th November 1966

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will revise his programme for the introduction of subscriber trunk dialling at the Ongar exchange and other exchanges in adjacent parts of Essex.

Photo of Mr Edward Short Mr Edward Short , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

I am very sorry this is not possible. I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given him on 12th July, which explained that subscriber trunk dialling will be introduced at Ongar and other exchanges when Brentwood is converted to automatic working in 1970. [Vol. 731, c. 193.]

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I share his sorrow? Is not the programme a little too dilatory for so dynamic and purposive a Government? Is he aware of the prevalent dissatisfaction at the present state of the telephonic communications in the Ongar parishes, including the views of the Essex Farmers' Union?

Photo of Mr Edward Short Mr Edward Short , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Perhaps I should tell the hon. Gentleman the history of this matter. The Conservative Government started to look for a site at Brentwood in 1952. They had not found one in October, 1964. My right hon. Friend, my predecessor, found one within a few weeks of coming into office and purchased it in December, 1964. Building is now starting and the programme is going forward.