HC Deb 15 May 1952 vol 500 c1612
39. Major Lloyd

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether Government demands for extra telephones have to be sanctioned by his Department.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Not normally. but the Treasury has recently asked Departments to ensure that no requests for new telephone services should be made for a period of six months, save for operational purposes and in any other case where such services are indispensable —for instance, on the opening of new offices.

40. Major Lloyd

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what periodical checks are to be made to see that the circular letter to Government Departments to reduce telephone calls proves effective; and whether, within the next 12 months, consideration will be given to restoring the pre-war practice of charging Departments direct for telephone calls.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Departments were asked to report to the Treasury by the end of April on the steps they have taken to reduce telephone calls, and these reports are now being studied. Further reports are to be made at the end of the year.

On the second part of the Question, the Government hope to be able to make a statement shortly.

Mr. Erroll

Can my right hon. Friend say when that statement will be made, as there seems to be a great deal of waste going on in this matter?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I can only repeat to my hon. Friend the expression "shortly."