HC Deb 30 June 1954 vol 529 cc1340-1
21. Mr. Gower

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is now in a position to increase the allocation of rural telephone kiosks; how many representations on this subject he has received from local authorities and other bodies; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gammans

We are providing more money this year for rural kiosks, but for the reasons given in the answer to my hon. Friend's Question on 9th December last, I cannot say whether we shall provide a greater number than last year. Representations are received from time to time but statistical records of these are not kept.

Mr. Gower

Will my hon. Friend note the expressed view of the Association of Welsh Rural Councils that the present number of these kiosks in Welsh rural areas is inadequate?

Mr. Gammans

Yes, I realise that, but the point is that, with the limited amount of capital expenditure at our disposal, we have to make a choice between erecting one rural kiosk and connecting 16 urban subscribers.

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