§ Mr. MIDDLETON
asked the Postmaster-General whether he has received representations from the city council of Carlisle asking that telegraph facilities may be provided for the Caldewgate district of that city; whether he is aware that a large community are entirely without telegraph facilities other than those provided at the head post office, more than a mile away; and whether he will take early steps to provide the public of Caldewgate and the Baffles with proper telegraphic services?
§ Mr. LEES-SMITH
Yes, Sir, the head post office at Carlisle is less than a mile from the Caldewgate Post Office, and the number of telegrams likely to be sent from the latter office, if telegraph1124W facilities were provided, is estimated at little more than one a day. There are two telephone kiosks in the neighbourhood of Caldewgate and the Raffles from which telegrams can be sent at a small extra cost, and local firms use their own telephone circuits for the despatch of telegrams. I regret that in these circumstances the cost of providing the desired facilities would not be warranted.