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.
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.
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?
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.