HC Deb 24 November 1964 vol 702 cc166-7W
Miss Quennell

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the long waiting list of applicants for telephones it the Petersfield constituency, and that in rural areas a telephone is often the only means of summoning aid in emergency, especially for elderly people; and if he will review his Department's plans with a view to the more expeditious provision of instruments for this category of applicant.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Leaving aside orders under inquiry and being met, there are 410 applicants for telephones on the waiting list in the 28 exchange areas serving the Peters-field constituency. I realise the need for telephone service in these cases and we are pressing forward the provision of additional cables and more exchange equipment. I hope that more than half of the outstanding applications will be met within six months and that most of the remainder will be met a few months later. The plans in the Peters-field constituency, as in other parts of the country, are designed to speed up the provision of all telephones so that by March, 1966 the waiting list is virtually abolished.