§ 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 235W 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.