HC Deb 09 April 1963 vol 675 cc137-8W
94. Mr. Driberg

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that urgent messages to would-be subscribers awaiting the installation of telephones often have to be sent by telegram, and that, because of the delays in installing telephones, such messages already cost at least 3s. instead of 3d. or 4d.; and if, in view of the current reduction of the waiting-list of delayed applications, he will postpone the increases in telegram charges at least until telephones have been supplied to all those now on the waiting list.

Mr. Bevins

No. The increased charges are necessary to reduce the loss on the telegraph service. It is, of course, misleading to compare the uniform charge for a telegram to any place in the country with the charge for a local telephone call.