HC Deb 29 November 1972 vol 847 cc410-1
22. Mr. Peter Rees

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications when he expects the whole of England to be covered by the subscriber trunk dialling system.

Sir J. Eden

The Post Office tells me that it hopes to complete the STD programme by about the end of 1974.

Mr. Rees

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer, but I wonder whether he is aware that Dover, Deal and Sandwich are still not covered by STD, that the new Dover exchange pas been completed but is still not in operation, and that this is intensely frustrating for those who have to telephone to and from that area, as well as for those who work in the present antiquated exchange at Dover?

Sir J. Eden

I am aware of the special difficulties in the Dover exchange. I am hopeful that the work on it will be completed within a few months from now.