§ 10. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he is aware that only one of the baillies in the city of Aberdeen is not supplied with a telephone in his private house, details of whose case have been sent him; and how long it will be before he will be supplied with one.
§ Mr. Gammans
I should very much like to provide the baillie with a telephone at once, but there are over 200 people in the area who applied before him and I could not, in fairness, advance his turn. Conditions are particularly difficult in the area because of heavy arrears of work resulting from the January storm.
§ Mr. Hughes
Does not the Minister think it particularly invidious and ungenerous for the present party in power, temporarily, to deprive this baillie of a telephone, having regard to the public services and his position in Aberdeen? He is the only baillie without a telephone.
§ Mr. Gammans
The hon. and learned Gentleman is raising the whole question of the principle at stake in his next Question. Perhaps he will wait until I answer that one.
§ Brigadier Medlicott
Is my hon. Friend aware that, at the present rate of progress, he will soon have to set up a special department of the Post Office to deal with the shower of telephone, radio and television amenities descending upon the city of Aberdeen?