HC Deb 18 November 1965 vol 720 cc102-3W
Miss Quennell

asked the Postmaster General how many applicants for telephones are on the waiting list in the 28 exchange areas serving the Petersfield constitutency.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Leaving aside orders under inquiry or being met, there were, at 30th September, 547 applications for service on the waiting list of the 28 exchanges serving the Petersfield constituency. There were no such applications at 11 of the exchanges; 41 were spread in small numbers over 12 exchanges, and the remainder were as follows:

Exchange Area Waiting List Relief Expected
Horndean (part) 323 Beginning January, 1966
Liphook 88 Summer 1966
Petersfield 44 Spring 1966
Alton 30 Summer 1966
Wickham 21 Spring 1966

In the preceding 12 months the number of exchange connections in the constituency increased by nearly 1,200, but I am sorry it was, nevertheless, not possible to prevent the waiting list from increasing. Demand for telephones is rising faster than the system can be augmented and althought we have embarked on an expanded capital programme it will inevitably take time to overcome the backlog and meet further growth.