HC Deb 14 March 1956 vol 550 c33W
1. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Postmaster-General the numbers of people in the City of Aberdeen who, during each of the last 10 years, were awaiting telephones; how many new applications for telephones are made each year; what

1951 1952 1953 1954 1955
Outstanding applications (at end of year) 2,088 1,905 1,235 1,404 1,653
New applications (during the year) 1,257 1,127 1,560 1,694 1,657

The outstanding applications include those under survey or in course of being met: there were 312 of these at the end of 1955.

Our resources have not been adequate to keep pace with the continuing high demand. This has meant delay in overtaking arrears, but we expect to supply 1,650 telephones this year. New cables will be laid this year and next, and the North exchange will be extended this year.