83. Mr. Wells
asked the Postmaster-General what progress has been made in improving the Maidstone and Madison telephone exchanges since 17th November, 1964.220W
§ Mr. Joseph Slater
These exchanges are still heavily loaded and, as I told the hon. Member on 17th November, relief will come mainly from the provision of new equipment and the introduction of Subscriber Trunk Dialling. The necessary work is being done as quickly as possible and should be completed by the middle of next year. Meanwhile, subscribers on Madison manual exchange will be given automatic service on Maidstone next month, and we shall then be able progressively to connect about 200 of those now waiting for telephones.