HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 cc633-4W
Mr. Douglas

asked the Postmaster General whether, in cases where persons or firms, such as hotels and boardinghouses, in defence areas to which access by holiday-makers is prohibited have relinquished their telephones owing to inability to carry on their businesses, he will endeavour to keep the telephone number available so that it may be used for the same premises when the restrictions referred to have ceased?

Captain Waterhouse

Every endeavour will be made to re-allocate subscribers' original telephone numbers in the circumstances described by my hon. Friend, but my right hon. Friend cannot undertake to reserve such numbers indefinitely if they are needed to meet other applications for service.