HC Deb 01 August 1951 vol 491 c197W
42. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that telephone subscribers in Paris are to have a shortwave radio-telephone system installed, enabling them to dial telephone calls within a 200-mile radius with immediate connections, obviating the need for telephone wires, poles and cables; and whether, in view of the need to conserve this type of telephone equipment, he will make inquiries, and take the necessary action, to have a similar system installed in this country.

Mr. Ness Edwards

I understand that the French Government is in course of constructing a radio system between Paris and Lille, which is to be equipped to provide a television channel and telephone circuits. Such a system already exists in this country in the radio television link between London and Birmingham, which is also designed for development for telephone purposes. It has still to be demonstrated whether this system of telephone transmission by radio has advantages over our present system by means of underground cables of modern carrier type, and experiments are proceeding to this end.

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