HC Deb 06 May 1913 vol 52 cc1883-4W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is now prepared to approve of the extension of the telephone system to Durrow, Queen's County, seeing that the guarantees forthcoming are equal to, if not in excess of, those given by other neighbouring towns?


The support thus far promised for the extension of the telephone system to Durrow is not sufficient to justify the establishment of an exchange, but efforts will be made to obtain further support. The amount of support required in the case of an extension of the telephone service to any town is governed by the estimated expenses of the extension and therefore varies with the local conditions.


asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of an application on the part of Mr. Binns, of Oulton Cross, Stone, Staffordshire, for the installation of a telephone at his house; whether he is aware that the application was accepted by the telephone authorities on 3rd January, and that up to 18th April the applicant had been unable to get any satisfactory replies as to his inquiries regarding the installation of the telephone; and whether he will state the cause of these delays and the actual date on which the applicant may expect the installation to be made?


I am aware of the facts referred to in the hon. Member's question, but, as I have already stated on the 16th of last month, in reply to a question by the hon. Member for Hanley, the delay in completing telephone orders in the Potteries district has been due to unusual pressure of work. It is hoped, however, to provide Mr. Binns with a telephone service during the course of this week.


asked the Postmaster-General why persons who require a telephone service to be laid on in the South and West Kensington districts are still officially referred to a district office without a number in Trevanion Road, when that office has been closed for the last six weeks with no intimation on the door of it to show whence it has been removed; and will he inform the public where it is now situate?


I regret that, owing to an oversight on the part of a clerk temporarily employed in the Controller's Office of the London Telephone Service, some persons were referred to the office in question after it had been closed. Suitable notice was taken of the error, which was corrected by the issue of revised instructions last month.