HC Deb 20 May 1953 vol 515 cc132-3W
10. Mr. Fell

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General the number of cases in each region where subscribers have to pay a deposit in order to obtain a telephone service; the number of cases where the telephone service has been discontinued because of a refusal to pay a deposit: and the total amount of money collected in telephone deposits during the last financial year.

Mr. Gammans

The totals for alt. regions for the last financial year are: 5,587, 317 and £38,741.

The details for each region are as follow:

Mr. Gammans

Wandsworth covers 4 exchange areas and parts of 3 others, and precise figures for the borough are not, therefore, readily available. We estimate that about 3,500 applications were outstanding at 31st March, 1953. Some new exchange equipment and cables will be brought into service this year and I hope that there will be an appreciable reduction in the waiting list.