§ Captain GILMOUR
asked whether a fee of £2 sterling is charged for the transfer of a Post Office telephone, although the connection is retained in the same premises by the succeeding occupier; whether such a charge is avoided upon due notice to the Department that the telephone connection is to cease on expiry of annual rental, but is then renewed and the connections transferred elsewhere; and whether the Postmaster-General proposes for the future to abolish the charge referred to?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
It was the practice of the National Telephone Company in some cases (though not, I believe, in all) to make a charge of £2 in the circumstances mentioned. It has not been the practice of the Post Office in the past to make such a charge where the telephone is at once taken over by the new occupier and I do not propose to continue the company's practice in connection with the transferred Exchange system.