Telephone Installation Charges

Oral Answers to Questions — Posts and Telecommunications – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th February 1971.

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Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Walthamstow West 12:00 am, 15th February 1971

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications when he proposes to make an announcement about increased installation charges for domestic telephones.

Photo of Mr Christopher Chataway Mr Christopher Chataway , Chichester

This would be a matter for the Post Office in the first instance.

Photo of Mr Eric Deakins Mr Eric Deakins , Walthamstow West

Would the right hon. Gentleman ensure that the Post Office is aware that there would be an adverse public reaction if these charges were to be raised beyond the cost of providing the service? Is he further aware that raising them to the extent of subsidising uneconomic parts of the Post Office service would be taken very badly amiss?

Photo of Mr Christopher Chataway Mr Christopher Chataway , Chichester

I am sure that the hon. Gentleman is right.