§ MR. P. J. O'BRIEN (Tipperary, N.)
To ask the Postmaster-General, in view of the extension to Nenagh of the telephone connection to Limerick, he will take into account the position of that town as a commercial centre; and if he will make inquires as to the business at Nenagh Post Office in regard to telegrams received and sent from there; and if it affords the assurance that the business provided by the merchants and others would more than guarantee that sufficient support would be obtained for a telephone exchange at Nenagh, he will give it his favourable consideration.
(Answered by Lord Stanley.) The circumstances mentioned by the hon. Member will be kept in view in considering the question of connecting Nenagh with the telephone system of the United Kingdom. The decision must, however, chiefly depend upon the use likely to be made of the trunk telephone lines, as shown by the number of persons who are willing to rent exchange lines at Nenagh at the ordinary tariff rates. It is mainly upon this point that information is required.