HC Deb 07 March 1968 vol 760 c636
13. Mr. Eadie

asked the Postmaster-General the estimated increase in manpower in his Department because of the altering of public automatic telephone mechanisms as a result of the introduction of decimal currency in 1971; and if he will list the areas involved in the change.

Mr. Joseph Slater

We hope to make the change without any specific increase in manpower. Coin boxes and telephone exchanges in all parts of the country will be involved.

Mr. Eadie

I note with interest what my hon. Friend says about no increase being expected in manpower. Can he say precisely what the specific modifications involve?

Mr. Slater

The modifications will be to about 75,000 public and 150,000 privately-rented coin boxes which will have to be adapted to take the new coins. Equipment in 6,000 automatic telephone exchanges will have to be altered.