HC Deb 10 February 1937 vol 320 c407
68. Major Owen

asked the Postmaster-General whether it has been finally decided to remove the Post Office engineering department for North Wales from Bangor to Chester; and, if so, will he state the reasons for this change?

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Sir Walter Womersley)

A new form of local telephone organisation is in process of being introduced throughout the country, of which the essential feature is the bringing together of the engineering and commercial sides under one control, that of the Telephone Manager. This necessarily involves a rearrangement of existing districts. Chester has been selected as the headquarters of the area in which the Bangor Engineering section is situated because it is more central in relation to the proposed area and has much better means of communication with all parts of that area. Incidentally, the selection of Chester will entail very much less disturbance of staff than would the selection of any other town in the area.