HC Deb 20 July 1965 vol 716 c198W
Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith

asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for the installation of a telephone are outstanding for the Imperial, Foots-cray and Orpington exchanges; and what is the average waiting time between application and installation.

Mr. Joseph Slater

All applications are being met. On 30th June, the numbers in course of provision were:

Imperial 74
Footscray (including Waring Park) 217
Orpington 240

Leaving aside orders held up waiting the customers' convenience, the average time to give service is from four to five weeks.

Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith

asked the Postmaster-General what proportion of telephones operated from the Imperial, Footscray and Orpington exchanges are shared lines; and how this compares with the average for the whole country.

Mr. Joseph Slater

The figures are as follows:

Exchange Shared lines as a percentage of total working connections
Imperial 24
Footscray (including Waring Park) 28.3
Orpington 15
The national average is 19.5 per cent.

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