§ 14. Mr. Geoffrey Cooper
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when he now anticipates being able to reintroduce the cheap rate for trunk calls for the whole of the night period, instead of for the present period of from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m. on private telephones, and 5.30 to 9.30 p.m. in public call-boxes.
§ Mr. Cooper
Will my hon. Friend consider the possibility of extending the present hours as an earnest of his intention to reintroduce the full service as soon as circumstances permit, as I understand that it was such a popular service before the war?
§ Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite
If the difficulty is due to staff shortage, as in the case of the toll exchanges, is it not because the salaries paid by the Post Office to telephone operators compare so unfavourably with those paid to private switchboard operators?