§ 117. Mr. Skinnard
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether, in view of the difficulties experienced by subscribers using the Grimsdyke telephone exchange, it is now possible to announce a date by which this, exchange will be converted to the automatic system.
§ Mr. Burke
The difficulties referred to by my hon Friend arose from a shortage of operating staff. This has now been overcome and the quality of service should improve as the new staff gains in experience. Grimsdyke exchange can be extended to meet the requirements of new subscribers and its conversion to automatic working is not therefore being considered in present conditions.