§ 14. Mr. William Price
asked the Postmaster-General what percentage of orders for telephone equipment is running behind the delivery schedule.
§ Mr. Short
This is the major cause of our trouble in providing telephones and of the congestion in the system. In the 1950s, the demand for telephones in the 1960s was under-estimated. However, the industry has in the last few years made very great efforts, especially in the development areas. The crisis now is not so much one of capacity. The capacity is coming up to the point where it is adequate. The problem now is one of control of production and stores and I think that the industry will shortly get this in balance. I certainly hope so.
§ Sir Harmar Nicholls
Does that mean that the right hon. Gentleman is no longer continuing his threat to import equipment because of the supposed slowness of things being supplied at home?