HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 c1909W
Mr. Groves

asked the Postmaster-General why telephone operators are forbidden to give the numbers of military hospitals to soldiers taken ill while on leave?

Major Tryon

The telephone number of a military hospital is withheld only where the responsible military authority has expressly asked that it shall not be published in the telephone directory. Even so, in the event of an urgent call, the hospital would be called by the operator and asked whether it desired to take the call. The question of more general publication of the telephone numbers of Service units has recently been taken up with the Departments concerned, and the numbers of all units, other than those of a confidential nature, will be published in future issues of the directories.