HC Deb 08 July 1959 vol 608 cc1348-9
38. Mr. Beswick

asked the Postmaster-General how many subscribers are now connected to the Uxbridge and West Drayton exchanges, respectively; how many applications are now outstanding for connection to each of these two exchanges; and how many of these applicants have been waiting for a period of more than one year.

Mr. K. Thompson

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

Mr. Beswick

I asked for only six figures. Is there any reason why I should not have them, or is it that the hon. Gentleman cannot laugh off this waiting list as he tried to do in an earlier case? In any case, can he say when the Treasury is to allow him to deal with the waiting list in this area?

Mr. Thompson

I am happy to be able to inform the hon. Gentleman that I shall give him more than six figures in order to bring his information up to date. As for laughing off the waiting list, I can tell him that in the past twelve months 318 new telephones have been connected to the Uxbridge Exchange and 137 to the West Drayton Exchange.

Mr. Beswick

I asked the Assistant Postmaster-General for the waiting list, not for the number of those for which he had found a line. Why does he not answer the questions rather than say what he has just thought up?

Mr. Thompson

If the hon. Gentleman will read the Answer that I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT he will find that most of his troubles are being dealt with.

Following are the figures:
Uxbridge West Drayton
Subscribers connected 5,218 1,676
Applications on the waiting list 165 154
Applications under inquiry or in course of being met 90 47
Number waiting for more than one year 95 108

During the past 12 months, 318 new telephones were connected to the Uxbridge Exchange and 137 to the West Drayton Exchange.

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