HC Deb 01 December 1930 vol 245 cc1790-1
57. Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Postmaster-General whether, with regard to the communication he has received from the Woodham Ferrers Parish Council asking for the provision of a direct telephone line from Woodham Ferrers to Wickford, he is aware that a call has to go at present via Maldon, Chelmsford, and Brentwood, and that there are numerous complaints about the delay; and, seeing that the doctor resides at Wickford, will he take steps to provide a better telephone line as soon as possible?


The Chelmsford-Brentwood route is used for calls between Woodham Ferrers and Wickford only exceptionally, when there is pressure on the normal route. I regret that there are not enough calls to justify the provision of a direct circuit between Woodham Ferrers and Wickford.


Will the Postmaster-General look into this matter as it is causing a great deal of delay and inconvenience?


I have looked into it, and perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will allow me to tell him that we are proposing to open a circuit shortly between Southend and Brentwood, which will relieve the situation.