§ Mr. LAVERACK
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that hotel charges for trunk telephone calls are sometimes in excess of the scheduled rates of the Post Office; whether this additional charge is authorised; and whether it can be made compulsory for any hotel accepting trunk calls to produce an official list of rates and to have the same affixed to the telephone box or office?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
In the cases referred to, the hotel proprietors rent the installations as ordinary subscribers,468W and allow the public to use their telephones. I have no power to control the charges made in such circumstances, nor to insist on the exhibition of an official list of rates.