HC Deb 04 July 1951 vol 489 c2297
8. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Postmaster-General what effect the proposed reductions in the capital investment programme will have on the extension of the telephone and other services provided by his Department.

Mr. Ness Edwards

Post Office capital investment in 1951 and 1952 will be rather greater than last year, but increasing expenditure on defence works will probably involve a restriction of normal development.

Sir I. Fraser

In any restriction, will the Minister bear in mind the very special needs of rural districts which are so much cut off from personal contact with each other?

Mr. Ness Edwards

I am endeavouring to give as much preference as I can to rural districts and, in particular, to farmers, and I shall continue to do so.