HC Deb 18 December 1963 vol 686 cc1225-6
29. Mr. Small

asked the Postmaster-General how many microwave relay stations have been, or are being, con- structed in Scotland; and what proportion of the additional 37 such stations to be constructed in the next five years will be built there.

Mr. Mawby

The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's Question is seventeen. Of the additional 37 stations mentioned in our recent White Paper, six will be in Scotland.

Mr. Small

Has the hon. Gentleman considered whether that number is adequate? Will he give the utmost consideration to advancing the programme of construction in order to help employment prospects in Scotland?

Mr. Mawby

The difficulty is that we need the relay stations only to transmit messages from A to B. Therefore, we are limited in the number that we can build. However, I will take into account the hon. Gentleman's point. There is not a great deal of work involved in these towers, but we estimate that the cost of the six new stations will be about £500,000, which is a bit of help.

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