HC Deb 15 April 1913 vol 51 cc1812-3

asked the Postmaster-General how many rural party line telephones will the additional Treasury Grant of £20,000 provide, estimated on the basis of those already provided with the original Grant?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

The additional Grant will probably admit of the provision of about 1,300 additional rural party line telephones, assuming that the cost of their construction does not exceed to any material extent the cost of those provided out of the original Grant. I hope, however, that the experience obtained will enable the arrangements to be put on a settled basis before the additional experimental Grant is exhausted.