HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 c86W
Mr. Booth

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the growing practice for people to advertise houses for sale with telephone; and, in view of the acute demand for telephones by a long waiting list he will state the practice of his Department in transferring telephones when a house changes ownership.

Mr. Ness Edwards

The Post Office deprecates reference to the telephone in advertisements of houses for sale, and has approached the editors of the professional journals concerned with a view to stopping this practice. The normal procedure is to transfer an existing telephone in a house to the new occupier. If there is a waiting applicant for whom the telephone line could be used, the new occupier has to share the line with that applicant. If there are two or more such applicants, with higher claims to service than the new occupier, the line is used to give shared service to the two senior applicants.

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