HC Deb 14 June 1921 vol 143 c259W

asked the Postmaster-General whether, until recently, at the public call office at the Supreme Courts of Justice in Scotland, anyone telephoned for was not charged for listening at the telephone, the caller-up paying the 1d. or 2d. charge (now increased in public call offices to 3d.) for the use of the telephone; whether, in addition to the call-up charge of 3d., the listener at the telephone is now also charged 3d., so that each call between public call offices now costs 6d.; whether the charge for listening is imposed per incuriam; and will he direct it to be stopped?


A charge for the use of this call office, both for outgoing and incoming calls, has been made for many years. The charge for the latter is necessary because a messenger is employed to summon to the telephone the persons required. The Courts authorities are being asked to consider whether they can arrange for the summoning of persons required to the call box, in which event the Post Office charge will disappear.