HC Deb 23 July 1965 vol 716 cc274-5W
Mr. Woodnutt

asked the Postmaster-General, why London telephone operators regularly state in answer to inquiries that Bembridge, Isle of Wight, is not obtainable on a trunk dialling code, in view of the fact that the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight has been using the code OWT 387 to obtain Bembridge telephone numbers for a period of five months.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Although it is technically possible to dial a trunk call to Bembridge, the extension of the STD facility from London to this and other places at this point in time would aggravate congestion in the STD service generally. More equipment is being provided and is expected to be ready early next year; the additional codes will then be made available.