§ Mr. Kitson
asked the Postmaster-General if he will list those areas in the dales in the North Riding of Yorkshire which still have not got an emergency 999 service; when it is intended to provide this service; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Edward Short
With the exception of the Areas served by the Aysgarth, Bainbridge, Bedale, Coverdale, Hawes, Leyburn and Middleham telephone exchanges, which are all in Wensleydale, all the dales in the North Riding of Yorkshire have an emergency 999 service. This service will be extended to Bedale next week and to the remaining Areas next year. In automatic exchange Areas where the 999 service is not yet available, the emergency authorities can always be contacted free of charge by dialling the operator.