§ 59 and 62. Sir W. Teeling
asked the Postmaster General (1) if he is aware that some incapacitated London citizens 328W can only obtain taxis by telephoning taxi ranks, and that those telephones are to be removed from taxi ranks to save money; whether he is aware that the British Legion branch of these taxi-cab owners is prepared to bear the cost of maintaining the service; and whether he will take steps to reverse this decision;
(2) why he proposes to withdraw all free telephones at taxi ranks in the London Metropolitan area, what he estimates the saving to be; how much he estimates to be the cost of renting instead and from whom he will obtain payment; and whether he will give a list of cab ranks where these facilities will be withdrawn on 1st May unless rented.
§ Mr. Edward Short
There is no reason why the Post Office should subsidise the cab trade. The annual saving will be about £1,200. The rental for each telephone is £16 a year, and I should be glad to continue service if this is paid.
FREE CAB RANK TELEPHONES To be withdrawn on 1st May, 1967 unless rented Telephone Number Location 01–723 8492 Hyde Park Crescent, W.2. 01–723 3992 London Street, W.2. 01–935 2553 Baker Street Station, W.1. 01–407 1183 London Bridge Station, S.E.1. 01–800 4819 Stamford Hill, N.16. 01–800 3758 Finsbury Park, N.4. 01–739 3841 Calvert Avenue, E.2. 01–286 2566 Warwick Avenue, W.9. 01–286 7913 Junction Hall Road, N.W.8. 01–722 1078 Prince Albert Road, N.W.8. 01–722 1300 Finchley Road, N.W.3. 01–852 5055 Loampit Vale, S.E.13. 01–373 9080 Redcliffe Square, S.W.10. 01–589 4296 Sloane Avenue, S.W.3. 01–584 6959 De Vere Gardens, W.8. 01–584 9679 Queens Gate Terrace, S.W.7.