HC Deb 16 March 1953 vol 512 cc170-1W
Mr. Black

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many persons in the boroughs of Wimbledon and Malden and Coombe, respectively, who have applied for telephones in their business premises and private houses, respectively, are still waiting for telephones; and what further delay he anticipates.

Mr. Gammans

In Wimbledon 281 business and 1,125 residential applications were outstanding at 31st December, 1952. In Malden and Coombe the corresponding figures were 149 and 747. 1,244 lines were provided in these areas in 1952, and I hope that this rate of provision will be maintained this year. In view of the continuing demand and the limitations on capital development, I cannot say when all applications will be met.