HC Deb 23 November 1949 vol 470 c334
6. Mr. Haire

asked the Postmaster-General the number of telephones supplied in the Wycombe area since the end of the war for domestic, business and agricultural purposes; the number of applications still on the waiting list; and the present supply position.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

Two thousand eight hundred and thirty-five new telephones have been installed. Details for the whole period since the end of the war are not available, but during the last two years about 69 per cent. have been for business purposes, including 9 per cent. for farmers. One thousand three hundred and thirty-five applications are on the waiting list; in recent months supply has just about kept pace with the rate of new applications.

Mr. Haire

While thanking my right hon. Friend for the service that has been given in the last two years, may I ask whether he is aware that quite a number of people are still waiting, and will he do something to expedite the matter?

Mr. Paling

Yes, I am quite aware of that and we are doing all we can in the circumstances.