§ Mr. Boothby
asked the Postmaster-General when he will be in a position to restore cheaper rates at certain hours for trunk and toll calls?
§ Captain Waterhouse
The withdrawal of the cheaper rates at certain hours for trunk and toll calls was necessary in order to ensure that urgent calls on Defence matters should not be delayed by congestion due to the volume of public traffic. I am not losing sight of the possibility of reintroducing differential tariffs for trunk and toll calls. The requirements of the Defence Services, however, continue to be very heavy, and I regret that it is not possible at present to say when conditions will permit of any alteration to the existing tariffs.