HC Deb 31 July 1939 vol 350 cc1951-2
85. Mr. Day

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the delay experienced by subscribers in obtaining replies from telephone exchanges in country areas after 10 p.m.; and whether his Department is taking any further steps for the purpose of remedying this defect?

Major Tryon

I have had no recent evidence of delay in answering by telephone exchanges in country areas after 10 p.m. Manual exchanges are being replaced as rapidly as possible by automatic exchanges and this should improve the service, both day and night, in country areas.

Mr. Day

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether there is a regular testing system for manual exchanges after 10 p.m.?

Major Tryon

Perhaps the hon. Member would put that question down.

Mr, Macquisten

Could the Postmaster-General not make arrangements in these country areas so that each operator would have a telephone at the head of his bed?

90. Sir Gilford Fox

asked the Postmaster-General what progress has been made with the provision of telephone call office facilities in rural areas under the Jubilee concession of 1935?

Major Tryon

Under the Jubilee Concession announced by my predecessor on 29th April, 1935, the Post Office undertook to provide public call office facilities in every village on the mainland of Great Britain and in Northern Ireland in which there was a Post Office. More than 1,000 such kiosks have been erected and the scheme has now been virtually completed. In addition, existing call offices inside rural Post Offices are being replaced by outside kiosks wherever practicable, so that in due course every mainland village will have the benefit of continuous public telephone service. Under this latter scheme over 3,000 kiosks were erected in the past year.