HC Deb 26 February 1958 vol 583 cc367-8
48. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Postmaster-General the cost of preparing the leaflet PH950 W.O.P. 45298. entitled "Telephone Service for Members of Parliament"; how many officials were involved; how much time was taken; and how many copies were printed and distributed and to whom.

Mr. Marples

Preparation of the leaflet cost about £10, including £4 for printing; four officials were concerned, excluding the printers and a typist; about six hours were taken, apart from typing, printing and distribution. Two thousand copies were printed, and a copy was sent to each Member. Copies will be provided for new Members entering the House in the future.

Lieut.-Colonel Bromley - Davenport

Was it really necessary for my right hon. Friend's Department to issue this leaflet telling Members of Parliament where the telephones are? If, after all these years here, we do not know already, surely we could find out by normal question and answer. Is my right hon. Friend further aware that the waste-paper baskets all over the House were filled with these leaflets on the day of their issue?

Mr. Marples

It was an effort to be helpful to Members, and not everyone has been a Member of this House as long as has my hon. and gallant Friend. It is particularly helpful to Members entering this House for the first time.

Mr. H. Hynd

Is the Postmaster-General aware that this leaflet seems to be inaccurate, in that it states that there is a telephone in the Library for the use of hon. Members? I have been unable to find it.

Mr. Marples

I will be able to assist the hon. Member by showing him where it is.

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