HC Deb 21 January 1953 vol 510 cc184-5
3. Dr. Stross

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General to give the number of telephone subscribers in Stoke-on-Trent who share a line with another person; and the number of applications for telephone service outstanding at present and a year ago.

Mr. Gammans

Five hundred and ninety subscribers in Stoke-on-Trent share telephone lines. There were 1,782 outstanding applications for telephone service at the end of 1951 and 1,759 at the end of 1952. There have been 759 new applications during the year.

Dr. Stross

Could the Minister say whether it is lack of materials or lack of manpower which prevents further extension of the service and what are the prospects for this year?

Mr. Gammans

It is the general limitation on capital expenditure and shortage of trained labour.