§ Mr. Alfred Morris
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that practically all other telephone administrations in the world have changed or are changing to a wholly numerical numbering system; how this country will be able to enjoy the full benefits of international dialling under its present system; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Benn
Yes. The telephone numbering system at present used in this country is incompatible with the full development of international dialling. Moreover, it is no longer adequate to meet the expected growth of telephones in London after about 1970. The time has now come to replace it by a wholly numerical one. New arrangements will, therefore, be introduced gradually, starting early next year. For the convenience of hon. Members, I am sending each one a Paper explaining the changes in detail: copies of this Paper are also being placed in the Libraries of both Houses.