§ 49. Major GLYN (for Colonel Sir ARTHUR HOLBROOK)
asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider an alteration in the Regulation under which a guarantee is demanded for the installation of a telephone call-box in a small rural district for a period of seven years; and whether he can see his way to reduce this period, having regard to the difficulties in which residents in these districts are flow placed when requiring medical aid?
§ The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir William Mitchell-Thomson)
A guarantee is required only when it is anticipated that a telephone call office will prove wholly unremunerative, and is limited to the difference between the call office receipts and the cost of maintaining the service. As the capital outlay involved in providing the facilities is considerable, it is necessary to obtain an agreement for a period of at least seven years, as an assurance against early termination of the guarantee and the consequent 1013 heavy loss which would fall on public funds, even if the facilities were withdrawn.
§ Sir J. NALL
When this question of the revenue from call boxes is being considered, does the Post Office take into account the revenue derived from calls made by other instruments calling to the call office?
|STATEMENT showing the quantity of Matches on which Customs Duty and Excise Duty, respectively, was paid during each of the five months ended, 31st May, 1927|
|——||Unit of Charge.||Customs Duty.||Excise Duty.|
|January||Standard Gross of 10,000 matches||778,356||500,021|
|February||Standard Gross of 10,000 matches||877,728||444,958|
|March||Standard Gross of 10,000 matches||869,364||391,018|
|April 1st—11th||Standard Gross of 10,000 matches||655,764||379,704|
|April 12th—30th||1,000 Containers each containing more than 10, but not more than 20 matches.||190||123|
|Gross of Containers each containing more than 20, but not more than 50 matches.||222,425||62,829|
|Gross of Containers each containing more than 50 matches.||1,602||4,035|
|May*||1,000 Containers each containing not more than 50 matches.||—||13|
|1,000 Containers each containing more than 10, but not more than 20 matches.||55||4,716|
|Gross of Containers containing more than 20, but not move than 50 matches.||626,939||505,896|
|Gross of Containers each containing more than 50 matches.||2,719||99,413|
|* The figures for May are subject to correction.|
§ The Budget alteration in the method of charging duty on matches became operative on the 12th April.