HC Deb 29 November 1972 vol 847 cc411-2
28. Mr. Whitehead

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to reduce the rental charged for hospital trolley telephone service points, bearing in mind that such costs are often met by outside charitable concerns.

Sir J. Eden

No, Sir. This particular charge is a management matter for the Post Office.

Mr. Whitehead

In the Derby area we have a league of hospital friends which is charged £13.80 per quarter per point for this service, so that if four wards were serviced with one point in each the cost would be about £54 per quarter, or £220 per year. Will the right hon. Gentleman represent to the Post Office that it should lay on the facility not as a profiteering service but as a social and welfare service?

Sir J. Eden

There is no question of profiteering. The Post Office has to cover its costs. The hon. Gentleman will recognise that a coin-box telephone service is usually available in hospitals, and the additional service to which he refers is not very frequently used during the course of a day. However, I shall certainly take note of what he has said.