§ 7. Sir M. Galpern
asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for telephone installations were outstanding at the last convenient date; and the average waiting period in England and Wales and in Scotland.
§ Sir M. Galpern
I am sorry that the hon. Gentleman cannot state the relative waiting period as between Scotland and England and Wales, although I believe that the waiting period in Scotland is much longer. Can he indicate whether the Postmaster-General still adheres to his assurance that the backlog of orders for telephone installations will have been met by 1966?
§ Mr. Mawby
That is our aim and I see no reason why we should not fulfil it. As to the waiting list, I know of no major difference between Scotland and England. The figure represents about 0.79 per cent. of the total number of working lines, but, as I have said, we hope to clear the whole lot by an early date.
§ Sir H. Harrison
Would my hon. Friend not agree that this is a rather negative Question, since it does not show the number of installations which have been completed in recent years?