52. Mr. WALLACE (for Mr. BOWEN),
asked the Postmaster-General what reductions in telephone, telegraph, and postal charges have been made since 1st April, 1925; the dates of any such reductions; and the resulting total annual gain to users?
§ Mr. ATTLEE
As the answer is rather long, I propose, with the hon. Member's permission to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following is the answer:
§ In the telephone service, a large number of reductions have been made in supplemental charges and in the rates for calls to particular countries overseas. Various other adjustments of tariff in favour of the public have also been made. The following are the more important general reductions:
- Exchange lines.—Free mileage radius increased from 1½ to two miles.
- Rural exchanges with from eight to 14 subscribers. Rental reduced to normal tariffs.
- Trunk Calls.—Reduced charges for distances over 200 miles and between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., for distances over 150 miles.
- Calls to Canada and United States.—Charge reduced from £5 to £3 per minute and subsequently to £2 per minute.
§ As regards postal and telegraph services, minor reductions in supplemental charges have been made, and facilities offered to the public have been improved without increase of charge.