§ 44. Mr. Patrick Maitland
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he accords the same priority to parish clergy as to general practitioners in considering applications for telephone service.
§ Mr. Gammans
No, Sir, but we do give a measure of priority to applications from ministers of religion, especially in rural areas.
§ Mr. Maitland
Is my hon. Friend aware that in certain parts of Scotland, at any rate, clergy are given a very much lower priority, and that persons approaching death or in sickness are just as keen to have their minister as to have a doctor?
The Post Office have never pretended that they can give to ministers of religion anything like the same priority as is given to doctors.