§ 45. Mr. Costain
asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that some of the hardship endured by elderly people during the recent weather conditions would have been mitigated if they had had telephones; and if he is prepared to make concessionary charges to help them in this respect.
§ 48. Mr. A. Royle
asked the Postmaster-General if he has completed his review regarding the reduction of telephone rentals for elderly people who are housebound and who have limited means; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend is sympathetic to elderly people of limited means who are housebound and live alone. After full consideration, however, he has reluctantly concluded that social assistance by means of concessionary charges by the Post Office would not be are expected from the transfer to his