§ 2. Mr. Onslow
asked the Postmaster-General what steps he takes to prevent unnecessary or wasteful expenditure by his Department.
§ The Postmaster-General (Mr. Edward Short)
Control of expenditure is the constant concern of all levels of management and is exercised through a comprehensive system of financial, budgetary and operational management employing modern standard techniques.
§ Mr. Onslow
How does the Postmaster-General square that Answer with the fact that £3,000 was recently wasted in the Guildford telephone area in sending 622 out this sort of ludicrous information about the new price of telephone directories?
§ Mr. Short
This is not wasted at all. It is money very well spent. At the moment directory inquiries on the telephone cost us almost I s. each. We are trying to persuade people to use the yellow pages of the classified directory, because we find that the greater part of these inquiries could be answered through the yellow pages.