HC Deb 23 February 1966 vol 725 cc387-8
31. Mr. Berry

asked the Postmaster-General if he will amend the regulations governing the use of telephone credit cards to enable people who do not have their own telephones to make use of this service.

Mr. Benn

I have been considering a scheme of this kind for some months but have not yet decided whether to introduce it.

Mr. Berry

I appreciate the right hon. Gentleman's Answer, but could he look into this as a matter of urgency? Is not he aware that many categories of people deserve to be able to use these cards and particularly people who, through no fault of their own, are waiting for telephones in their homes?

Mr. Benn

These considerations are in mind, but people who are without telephones are less easily traceable when a bill has to be presented. The problem of fraud with cards is an important one for us and for that reason I have decided not to hasten into this.