HC Deb 13 December 1937 vol 330 cc799-800
24. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Postmaster-General whether the reorganisation of the Birmingham telephone service is intended to extend to the telephone services of Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Olton, Shirley, and Castle Bromwich; and whether acceleration of the supply of telephones to applicants residing in these districts is one of the purposes of the reorganisation?

Major Tryon

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, as I have already informed my hon. Friend, measures were put in hand some time ago with a view to providing additional plant in the places in question, and these measures are being continued.

Mr. Cartland

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is serious delay in supplying telephones in the City of Birmingham area itself, and will he look into that?

Major Tryon

I can assure my hon. Friend that I am aware of the difficulties in Birmingham. They are owing to the exceptional development there, which we are doing our best to meet.

27. Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that in Portobello there is frequently a delay of several months between the application for a telephone and its instalment; and whether he will take steps to accelerate the procedure?

Major Tryon

Serious difficulty is being experienced in providing telephone service in Portobello as a result of an abnormal increase in the number of would-be subscribers, which has given rise to a certain shortage of plant. Additional equipment has been on order for some time and is now being installed. It is expected to be ready early in the New Year. The position is also affected by a shortage of equipment at the main Central Exchange at Edinburgh. Work is proceeding at this exchange also and it is anticipated that the difficulty will be entirely removed by April next.