HC Deb 22 May 1939 vol 347 cc1905-6
34. Mr. Day

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to an additional telephone service installed in New York, entitled the talking barometer, in which a telephone subscriber can at all times dial for and receive a weather forecast in a similar manner as the time is obtained by dial- ing TIM for the time clock as at present operated in this country; and when it is proposed to introduce a similar service in Great Britain?

Major Tryon

I am aware that such a service is being given in New York and the possibility of introducing a similar service in Great Britain is already under investigation.

Mr. Day

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether, when a decision has been arrived at, the service will be changed daily or hourly?

Major Tryon

It will presumably be available at any time, but we have not settled the matter yet.

Mr. Pilkington

Is it not possible to have a similar mechanism to answer the questions of the hon. Member?