HC Deb 24 January 1940 vol 356 c601W
Major Milner

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the serious delay in business telephone trunk calls due to the numerous priority calls; who is entitled to claim priority; what steps are taken to ensure that such claims are justified; and whether he is taking steps to reduce the number thereof?

Major Tryon

I am aware that in some cases business telephone trunk calls are delayed owing to priority traffic, but appreciable delay from this cause is confined to a limited number of trunk routes. Priority is accorded to urgent calls from Government Departments and from selected services and undertakings of national importance in war. The list of priority subscribers is under constant review and deletions are made from time to time if conditions no longer justify retention on the list.