HC Deb 23 March 1955 vol 538 cc2046-7
29. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what classes of persons have immediate priority for the installation of a telephone.

Sir. E. Boyle

Priority is given to the essential requirements of public services, health and life saving services, Government Departments and businesses engaged on production and distribution for exports or for saving imports. Outside these broad classes of priority, business applicants are in general given preference over residential applicants, and removing subscribers over new applicants.

Mr. Johnson

Can the hon. Gentleman go a little beyond this and tell us whether the local telephone superintendents have what one might term a points system as councils have for housing? It is very important that the hon. Gentleman should throw some light on this matter, because many of my constituents have been waiting two years or more and are rather mystified by this attitude of prevarication.

Sir. E. Boyle

I do not think I can go beyond what I have already said, but I will ask my hon. Friend to write to the hon. Member if he would like more information on this point.

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