HC Deb 13 March 1913 vol 50 c404
44. Sir J. D. REES

asked whether, and if so, when, a scale of telephone charges fair to the revenue and advantageous to the public will be introduced?


The question of the charges for telephone service is receiving my careful consideration and, as I have stated recently in reply to similar questions, I hope that the revised scale will be announced within the next few months.


asked the Postmaster-General whether, when a tenant of premises has entered into an agreement with the Postmaster-General for the use of a telephone in connection with his premises for twelve months, involving a payment of the rent for twelve months in advance, and before the expiration of such twelve months leaves such premises and assigns or sub-lets the same to another tenant, it is possible for the original tenant to transfer his agreement with the Postmaster-General to the new tenant for the unexpired residue of the twelve months; if not, whether it is necessary for the new tenant, if he desires the use of a telephone in connection with the premises, to enter into a new agreement with the Postmaster-General and to pay rent for such telephone from the date of his taking possession of the premises; whether he is aware that the effect is that payment has to be made twice over for the use of the same telephone in connection with the same premises; whether such a practice is sanctioned by any legislative enactment; and whether the Government will take steps to alter what appears to be an unjustifiable practice?


The hon. Member has apparently been misinformed. When a telephone subscriber having paid twelve months' rental in advance leaves his premises before the expiration of that period, he is allowed to terminate his agreement at once and a proportionate rebate is made if the incoming tenant is willing to take over all liability in connection with the line.