§ Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the Kreemy Works in Maidstone have 1028W found from their checking system that they are being overcharged for trunk calls; whether he is aware that Canterbury has refused to supply details for the month of September unless the firm in question pay 6s. 7d., and states that it is the departmental practice to make an annual charge of £1 if they supply details of destination of trunk calls and telegrams to cover 125 items a month in sending in their bills; and whether he will inquire into the matter and the reasonableness of demanding a charge for furnishing particulars when there is reason to believe from the checking system that the service charged for has never been rendered?
§ Mr. ILLINGWORTH
The records have been examined so far back as the 1st January, 1918, and only one case of an apparent overcharge to this firm can be traced; but instructions have been given for detailed particulars for the month of September to be furnished without charge. Details of trunk calls could not be supplied regularly to all subscribers without considerably increasing the cost of clerical work. The majority of subscribers do not require the information.