HC Deb 16 February 1967 vol 741 c776
44. Mr. Grieve

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that telephone subscribers in Shirley were without telephone communication between 11 a.m. Wednesday, 25th January, and 1.30 p.m. on Friday, 27th January, and again on Saturday, 28th January; what was the reason for this breakdown; and what proposals he has to prevent its repetition.

Mr. Joseph Slater

These breakdowns were caused by moisture penetrating a cable following heavy rain and by damage when a trench collapsed during repairs. A new cable has been prov4ed. Cables are being gas pressurised and new sheathing materials introduced to minimise such interruptions.

Mr. Grieve

I am grateful for that explanation, but is the Minister aware that there have been further breakdowns since I put down my Question, and will he take steps to see that the people of Shirley are spared that kind of breakdown?

Mr. Slater

Yes, Sir. Every precaution is taken. The matter is still under observation by the Department.