§ Sir J. Nall
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the inability of the Victoria Telephone Exchange to cope efficiently with trunk calls from the Members' telephone room, and of the frequent inaccuracy of the time charges reported to the attendants by the operators; and whether a proportion of the call boxes can be fitted with prepayment coin-boxes to facilitate traffic?
§ Major Tryon
The question of improving the arrangements for dealing with trunk calls from the Members' telephone room has been under consideration for some time and, as a result, the lines from call boxes No. 9, 10 and 11 have been connected direct to the London Trunk Exchange. I think this will overcome the difficulties that have occurred. I am not aware that charges reported to the attendants by the operators are frequently inaccurate, and if the hon. Member will let me have details of any particular cases I will have inquiry made. I do not think that the fitting of prepayment coin-boxes would facilitate traffic.