HC Deb 14 March 1951 vol 485 cc1511-2
5. Mr. Charles Ian Orr-Ewing

asked the Postmaster-General what progress is being made on the development of facilities for telephone subscribers to dial WEA in order to receive weather forecasts; what will be the cost to his Department; and by what date will they be provided.

Mr. Hobson

In view of the heavy demands on the limited national resources, my right hon. Friend is consulting with his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air on the question whether this new service can be provided in present circumstances.

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this matter has been under development for a large number of years and that considerable progress has been made on the equipment? Would it not be a good asset to this country to continue as we have gone so far, in view of the fact that foreign countries have had this facility for more than 14 years?

Mr. Hobson

There are very few foreign countries that have this service, but I agree with the premise of the question. and we will do what we can.

Mr. Erroll

While awaiting this service, will the Minister re-introduce the Airmet service, which was of such value to many organisations and people?

Mr. Hobson

No, Sir, for reasons which were indicated in an Adjournment debate two months ago.

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