HC Deb 23 May 1940 vol 361 c317W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Postmaster-General what is the present position with regard to telephonic communication with the Continent; and whether he can give an assurance that adequate steps are being taken to provide a sufficient number of alternative lines to prevent avoidable breakdowns in this connection?

Captain Waterhouse

The provision of public facilities for telephonic communication with the Continent is necessarily subject to the exigencies of the military situation; and under present conditions it has been necessary to suspend these facilities.