HC Deb 20 February 1922 vol 150 cc1524-5W
Major GLYN

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that under existing arrangements subscribers to the telephone service can only terminate their agreements on 1st January, 1st April, 1st July, and 1st October in any year by three calendar months' prior notice in writing, so that a subscriber finding, say, in April that he wishes to cancel the agreement on 1st August must wait until the 1st October before so doing; and whether he will consider the advisability of arranging that such agreements should terminate on the 1st of any month, the three months' notice required being given or a shorter period if possible?


I am not aware that the present rule causes any serious inconvenience to subscribers, many of whom are able to arrange for an incoming tenant to take over the telephone for the unexpired portion of the agreement. The Post Office is always ready to facilitate any arrangement of this kind or to deal specially with any case of real hardship. The present dates correspond with the dates up to which the quarterly accounts are rendered and any alteration would involve troublesome financial adjustments, usually of small amount.