HC Deb 12 March 1958 vol 584 cc410-1
31. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Postmaster-General if he will give an assurance that for five years ahead the flat rate charge for telephone calls recently introduced in the London area will not be discarded.

Mr. Marples

The enlarged local call area is an essential first step towards the goal of full automation, described in Cmnd. 303. I am therefore confident that this system has come to stay. But the actual charge for a call within the local call area will need to be reviewed from time to time.

Mr. Sorensen

Does that mean a review in the direction of lower charges or in the direction of higher charges? Is it not necessary to try to stabilise them for a period?

Mr. Marples

They will be reviewed depending on what it costs to produce a call. I cannot commit any future Postmaster-General.