§ Mr. ORDE-POWLETT
asked the Postmaster-General whether he has received a request from the parish council of Bowes, in the North Riding of Yorks, addressed to the Secretary of the Post Office, asking under what conditions and at what cost telegraphic and telephonic facilities could be granted to this village; whether he is aware that smaller and more remote villages in the district have these facilities already; and whether he will state the amount of guarantee required from the inhabitants of Bowes to enable these facilities to be accorded them?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
I have received such requests from the parish council of Bowes, and I have informed the parish council that in view of the very small use which would be made of them the provision of telegraph and telephone facilities at Bowes would not be warranted even under guarantee. The estimated capital cost is £172, and the average number of telegrams to be sent would be just over one a day. There is already an office for the acceptance of telegrams at Bowes Railway Station, about half a mile from the post office.