Eltham

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 William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West 12:00 am, 30th November 1966

asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for telephones in the Eltham area are still outstanding; and when the applicants will be provided with telephones.

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

858 at 31st October, 1966. I regret that, owing to a shortage of exchange equipment, it will be mid-1968 before all these applicants can be given service.

Photo of Mr William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West

Why are the private firms concerned so slow?

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

The difficulty in the provision of telephones, of course, is the shortage of exchange equipment. We buy all the equipment which the industry can produce, but the present industry's capacity does not equal the demand.

Photo of Mr Paul Bryan Mr Paul Bryan , Howden

To what extent has the general waiting list for telephones been reduced by rationing by the purse, in other words, by the new and increased one-year charge which has to be paid in advance?

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

That is not this Question. That is a different matter. There was a slight reduction at first, but it now seems to be running at the same level as previously.