HC Deb 12 May 1965 vol 712 cc512-3
14. Mr. Bence

asked the Postmaster-General how many public telephone kiosks there are in the burghs of Clydebank and Kirkintilloch.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Thirty-four in Clydebank and nineteen in Kirkintilloch.

Mr. Bence

Is my hon. Friend aware of the loss of telephone kiosks through damage by vandalism in the borough of Clydebank? Would he see whether it is possible to provide public telephone kiosks in the high flats which are now being built so that there will be some protection from potential damage? Is he not aware that the loss of telephone kiosks by vandalism in both Clydebank and Kirkintilloch is a serious handicap especially to old people and to others who wish to use a telephone?

Mr. Slater

There has been an excessive amount of wilful damage to telephone kioks in these areas and we have taken such steps as we can to discourage this vandalism, but I must emphasise that this is just as much a matter for local authorities, the police and individual members of the public as it is for the Post Office. Any assistance and any propaganda from whatever source, one political party or another, or one organisation or another, towards ending this vandalism will be welcomed and we shall he pleased to co-operate. We shall consider what my hon. Friend has said about telephone kiosks in multi-storey flats.

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