HC Deb 27 March 1962 vol 656 c999
14. Mr. Lipton

asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for telephones are now outstanding; and what the corresponding figure was last year.

Mr. Bevins

The present figure is 48,000. This time last year it was 50,000.

Mr. Lipton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that at this rate it will take a very long time before people on the waiting list are dealt with? Since about 1 million people are already sharing lines, cannot the. Postmaster-General do something to expedite the provision of telephones, especially now that he is making more money out of the subscriber trunk dialling system?

Mr. Bevins

I do not think we are doing too badly. Last year we installed a record number of telephones—about 460,000. The number on the waiting list at present represents less than 1 per cent. of the 5 million people who have telephones.

Mr. W. R. Williams

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, if I am fortunate enough to catch Mr. Speaker's eye tomorrow, I hope to try to prove that he should have been able to do a bit better than he has done with regard to the waiting list?

Mr. Bevins

We are doing twice as well as the hon. Gentleman's right hon. Friend the Member for Caerphilly (Mr. Ness Edwards).

Mr. Ross

In twice the time.

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