HC Deb 14 March 1951 vol 485 c1511
1. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Postmaster-General what amount of money was expended in telephone calls by Government Departments in the years 1947, 1948 and 1949, respectively.

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Hobson)

The recorded values of inland telephone calls made by Government Departments were as follows: 1947–48, £5,470,000; 1948–49, £4,880,000; 1949–50, £4,810,000.

Mr. Shepherd

In view of the extent of these calls, will the hon. Gentleman say what steps have been taken to secure economy within the Departments, and would he agree that this extensive use of the service is a reason why ordinary people cannot get a telephone?

Mr. Hobson

That is another question.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

Is the Minister telling the House, and is it correct, that every telephone call made by a Government Department is noted and priced?

Mr. Hobson

That is implied in neither the Question nor the answer.