HC Deb 23 February 1949 vol 461 cc285-6W
Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is now in a position to provide better telephone facilities for farmers, particularly isolated farmers, in the County of Denbigh.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

Every effort is being made to provide telephone service for farmers. In spite of the extensive construction work required for farmers' lines, especially those serving isolated farms, 34 Denbighshire farmers have been connected up during the past six months and work on a further 54 farmers' lines is in hand. Of the outstanding applications from farmers in this area, many are held up owing to shortage of underground plant and exchange equipment. I regret that it may be some time before all these shortages can be overcome, as a high proportion of the national production of cables and exchange equipment goes to export.