HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 c839
20. Captain John Crowder

asked the Postmaster-General when the 15 per cent. surcharge on telephone postal charges is to be taken off.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

Since the end of the war, growth of expenditure in the telephone service has steadily outpaced growth of revenue. This is due to the high post-war costs of plant required for expansion of the system, combined with increased costs of operation generally. In the circumstances, I regret that I can see no prospect of abolishing the present surcharge.

Captain Crowder

In view of his reply, could the Minister explain why I received an account recently for new internal telephone wiring which, I was told by the Postmaster, was based on a cost of works basis, but the 15 per cent. surcharge was added to it, and surely it does seem illogical, if such work is done on a cost of works basis, that this surcharge should be added?

Mr. Paling

I could not answer that particular question, but if the hon. and gallant Member will let me have details I will gladly look into the matter.