HC Deb 14 March 1956 vol 550 cc360-1
5. Lieut.-Colonel Cordeaux

asked the Postmaster-General how many new telephones were installed in Nottingham in 1953, 1954 and 1955, respectively; the average waiting time in each of these three years: and how many applications were still outstanding on 31st December in these three years.

Mr. Alport

As the reply includes a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Lieut.-Colonel Cordeaux

I thank my hon. Friend for what I know those figures will disclose. May I ask whether it is not the case that the increase in applications for telephones in Nottingham last year was the greatest throughout the country; that many business firms are being asked to wait up to two years for installations in new premises and that private householders will have to wait a good deal longer? May I ask also whether my hon. Friend will look at the allocations again to see whether Nottingham is entitled to a slightly larger slice of the national telephone cake.

Mr. Alport

My hon. and gallant Friend is correct in saying that there has been an increased demand in Nottingham, as in other parts of the country, but I can tell him that during the forthcoming year we hope to supply 4,720 new telephones against a demand estimated at 4,260, which means that we shall be catching up.

The reply is as follows:

Telephones installed Applications outstanding
1953 2,389 3,395
1954 3,041 4,102
1955 3,817 4,579
The present order list includes about 600 applications in course of being met, and we hope to install about 4,700 telephones in Nottingham this year.
Information regarding average waiting times is not available.