HC Deb 06 November 1929 vol 231 cc1076-7W

asked the Postmaster-General if he is yet in a position to state which railway stations in Caithness and Sutherland are to be equipped with telephones in accordance with the proposals in the last Budget; what proportion of the post offices in Caithness and Sutherland, respectively, which have no telephone facilities at present, will be equipped with call-boxes in accord- ance with the Budget proposals; and if he will give the names of the post offices which are to be so equipped?


Arrangements have been made for a public telephone call office to be installed at Georgemas Railway Station. Negotiations are proceeding with the railway companies, but I am not at present in a position to say what further railway stations in Caithness and Sutherland will be equipped with these facilities.

Call offices are being, or have been, installed under the recent scheme in the following eight post offices:

  • Barrock,
  • Brough,
  • Claredon,
  • Halkirk Roadside,
  • Keiss,
  • Lyth,
  • Occumster,
  • Reiss,
and 34 other places are under consideration.

The present position is shown in the following statement:

Rural Post Offices.
Caithness. Sutherland.
Total number 40 45
Number at which call offices have been opened, or are in course of installation 26 13