HC Deb 01 February 1965 vol 705 cc234-5W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider changing the telephone emergency services number from 999 to 1 or some other appropriate number which takes less time to dial.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Alternative codes have been considered but 999 is the only one which is not liable to false calls, is easily remembered, is generally available, and can be dialled from call offices without the use of coins. In any case, 999 is now so widely known that I believe it would be inadvisable to change it.

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