HC Deb 28 February 1927 vol 203 cc34-5
63. Major CARVER

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has been able to devise any cheaper means of providing a telephone service to outlying districts, such as the villages in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where it is not possible to obtain a local guarantee towards the cost of the service; whether he has examined the practicability of putting such work out to contract, as promised in his reply to the hon. Member for Abingdon on the 15th December last; and, if with what result?


The Postmaster-General has not yet completed his promised inquiries regarding this matter.


Does not the Noble Lord consider it ridiculous that, now that we can telephone to the United States, there are many villages, not only in the East Riding but also in Lincolnshire, which cannot secure telephone facilities?

Viscount WOLMER

Any village that is willing to pay £15 for a single call would get a telephone very quickly.

Lieut.-Colonel HENEAGE

Is the Noble Lord aware that the Postmaster-General just asked a village in Lincolnshi to pay £45?

Viscount WOLMER

Not for a single call.


Will the Noble Lord ask the Postmaster-General to press on with an inquiry for the West Riding of Yorkshire as well?