Credit Cards (Ireland)

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree 12:00 am, 13th July 1967

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will seek to make arrangements with the Government of the Republic of Ireland for credit cards issued by him to be accepted for calls made from Ireland to a British telephone number, aid to accept reverse charge calls made horn Ireland to Great Britain.

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

My right hon. Friend bas already done so; but the Government of the Irish Republic have not so far been able to agree.

Photo of Mr John Tilney Mr John Tilney , Liverpool Wavertree

Surely it would be possible to put into action unilaterally in this country the proposals to accept reverse charge calls?

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

Yes. The Irish Republic were approached on both counts in October, 1965, and they have been asked for a decision on a number of occasions since then, but without success. The most recent reminder was on 6th July, 1967. This matter is under consideration.