HC Deb 02 July 1900 vol 85 c280

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether continual delays are caused in the use of the trunk telephone between Cork and Waterford, owing to its passing through Dublin; and whether it is proposed that this arrangement for telephonic communication via Dublin is to be a permanent one.


A return of the trunk wire messages between Cork and Waterford for the months of May and June shows that the average time occupied from the receipt of the calls at the post offices until the subscribers were put into communication with one another was slightly less than ten minutes. The number of messages was less than one a day, and the provision of a direct line between the two places does not appear to be justified at present. In the two months the actual number of messages in both directions was thirty, and the average time occupied 9.9 minutes.