HC Deb 23 February 1966 vol 725 cc388-9
53. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Postmaster-General if he will provide more informative telephone directories to meet the needs of commerce, industry and the general telephone-using public.

Mr. Benn

Yes, Sir. I am now examining proposals by business consultants on this very point. We are also working with the advertising contractor on the layout for telephone directories. A new directory containing alphabetical and classified sections within the same cover will be issued to all subscribers in the Brighton Area in June, 1966.

Mr. Hamilton

Can my right hon. Friend say whether, as a result of this research, it will be easier for people to find the numbers they want in the directories and whether the directories will be easier to read?

Mr. Benn

There will be a fuller preface and cross-referencing in order to help find people who spell their names in a different way from the normal. The special type now used is designed to make it easier for people to see. We believe that, in general, these changes will make the directories a great deal more useful to subscribers.