HC Deb 17 November 1964 vol 702 c172
13. Mr. Costain

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the social value of telephones for elderly and infirm persons; and what proposals he has for the provision of reduced rental charges for telephones to help old-age pensioners.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. Anthony Wedgwood Benn)

As I told the hon. Member for Petersfield (Miss Quennell) on 10th November, I am considering whether the Post Office could help in cases of this kind.

Mr. Costain

Does the right hon. Gentleman appreciate that his predecessor was investigating the possibility of putting in alarm bells to bring help to old-age pensioners when they were ill or needed special services?

Mr. Benn

There are a number of specific ideas which I am having considered very actively, and as soon as I am able to report on them I shall do so.

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