HC Deb 28 April 1948 vol 450 cc47-8W
69. Mr. Murray

asked the Postmaster-General the number of telephones installed in the years 1945–46–47 compared with 1936–37–38; and the number of applications awaiting installation.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

Following is the answer:

Calendar Year. Telephones installed (excluding transfers of telephones in situ). Outstanding Applications (as at December).
1936 390,331 925
1945 389,553 299,843
1937 400,608 6,053
1946 697,579 350,332
1938 379,520 4,123
1947 624,809 423,152


Pre-1946 returns of outstanding application, include some relating to more than one line

73. Mr. Leonard

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the great increase in mountaineering in Great Britain; and if he will review the telephone service available in such districts in order to give general service and especially for the summoning of help in cases of accident.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

The value of telephone service to isolated rural communities, including those in mountaineering districts, is fully recognised and the Post Office is extending the service to them as rapidly as possible, within the limits of its resources.