§ Mr. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General, when he proposes to make a statement as to the proposed extension of the trunk telephone system to rural towns in Ireland; and whether any steps have been taken to determine the possible number of subscribers to be obtained in towns on the main railway lines of Ireland.
§ Mr. SYDNEY BUXTON
During last year the Post Office telephone system was extended to eleven places in Ireland. Two other extensions are to be completed this month, and extensions to seven other places are in hand. A considerable number of other places have been canvassed and extensions offered under guarantee. In every case in which applications are received, inquiries are made as to the conditions under which an exchange or call office can be established, and as to whether sufficient support for an exchange 896 is forthcoming to ensure a remunerative business.