15. Mr. Gresham Cooke
asked the Postmaster-General if he will describe the steps he is taking to make clearer the instructions in the telephone booths at London Airport to travellers wishing to telephone to exchanges in the inner London area.
§ Mr. K. Thompson
Within the next few days, new instruction cards with a special note of the procedure to be 1217 followed for calling inner London exchanges will be placed in the telephone booths at London Airport. Foreign language versions will follow shortly. I hope this will help travellers.
Mr. Gresham Cooke
While thanking my hon. Friend for looking into this matter, is he aware that the instructions at present merely explain how to telephone the delightful suburbs of Feltham and Hounslow, not very helpful to overseas visitors? Will he also make sure that the charge of the call to the London area, 9d., is also exhibited in the box?
§ Mr. Thompson
Yes, we are grateful to my hon. Friend for drawing our attention to this matter and for the suggestions he has made.
§ Mr. Usborne
Has the Assistant Postmaster-General considered the possibility of posting some of these instructions outside boxes rather than inside boxes, as in places like Paddington, for example, there is often a queue of people waiting for those inside the boxes to get on with the telephoning and to stop reading about how to do it?
§ Mr. Thompson
That is a very valuable suggestion; but the present Question relates to London Airport.