HC Deb 03 November 1954 vol 532 c354
4. Mr. Dodds

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what progress has been made in producing a coin box of a new design which will accept threepenny pieces.

Mr. Gammans

Work is being done on the design of a new coin box having, among other features, a slot for threepenny pieces, but it will be a considerable time before a new box can be introduced into general use.

Mr. Dodds

Will the hon. Gentleman appreciate that this would be a most welcome innovation, and will he do his utmost to get these boxes in full circulation at the earliest possible moment?

Mr. Gammans

Yes, I am as keen as is the hon. Gentleman, because it would help the Post Office considerably in collecting money, but I must warn the House that it would cost approximately £350,000 to adapt the existing boxes.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Can my hon. Friend tell me whether among the new features there will be a time-limit switch, or must we continue to stand outside call boxes while marathon calls are going on?

Mr. Gammans

There is no suggestion of time switches being in the new boxes.

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