§ Sir G. Hutchinson
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the large numbers of persons in the area of the Valentine telephone exchange who cannot be provided with a telephone; and why this exchange is unable to offer telephone facilities to all those who desire to become subscribers.
§ Mr. Gammans
The difficulties in this case are mainly due to shortage of equipment at the exchange. The position will278W be improved when additional equipment is installed and new cables provided, but owing to our limited resources, the work cannot begin until the end of this year.