Sir G. de Frietas
asked the Postmaster-General when he received a protest from the Kettering Borough Council, complaining that the erection of telegraph poles on the Rectory Green Estate, 36W Kettering, detracted considerably from the effect which the Council has achieved of a high standard of appearance and design; what reply he sent; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Benn
A letter from the Kettering Borough Council was received on 29th March and a reply is being set today.
Although more economic means of providing telephone service are constantly being sought, overhead distribution remains the least expensive. I have a responsibility to provide telephones at reasonable charges and it would not be right for subscribers in general to be called upon to bear extra costs that would be involved if the cables were to go underground.