Subscriber Trunk Dialling (Local Calls)

Oral Answers to Questions — Telephone Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Harold Boardman Mr Harold Boardman , Leigh 12:00 am, 25th July 1968

asked the Postmaster-General what is the average cost of local calls under the subscriber trunk dialling system; and what is the percentage increase over fixed charge local calls.

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

S.T.D. calls are charged in twopenny units, according to their duration. Customers with S.T.D. pay, on average, 2·3d. for a local call; this is about 20 per cent. cheaper than the average payment by customers without S.T.D.

Photo of Mr Harold Boardman Mr Harold Boardman , Leigh

Is my right hon. Friend aware that many calls to business houses are costing three or four times the cost of the former fixed charge calls and that that is in no way due to the fault of the caller? Will he look at that problem and, while doing so, bear in mind that at this time when the Government are pleading for price stability here is a chance for the Government to show an example?

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

Yes. My hon. Friend raises a point which concerns the ability of a firm called on S.T.D. to put the call quickly through to the individual concerned. I very much hope that firms will co-operate in improving their techniques in this respect.