HC Deb 14 April 1896 vol 39 cc897-8

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that the Post Office, having taken over the telephone trunk lines, have deprived Members of the House of the privileges hitherto granted them in connection therewith; and, whether he will undertake that such privileges shall be restored?


No, Sir, it is not in the power of the Post Office to allow Members of this House to use the telephone trunk wires free of charge, and if it were, I see no reason why Members should have the privilege of using the telephone free of charge any more than they use, free of charge, the Post Office or the telegraph service.