HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc149-50W
83. Mr. Teeling

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how often telephone receivers in public telephone boxes are cleaned and sterilised; what are the steps taken, especially in winter time, to avoid infection; and whether the same procedure is adopted in London and in Brighton.

Mr. Gammans

In public telephone boxes in town areas, including London and Brighton, the instruments are cleaned summer and winter alike, generally three times a week and in some cases every day. The cleaning is done with a cloth damped with a mild disinfectant, though in fact I have medical advice that strictly speaking disinfection is not necessary on telephone instruments.