Mr. Alan Lee Williams
asked the Postmaster-General how many applications have been made since 1966 for the installation of new telephones; at what rate the Post Office is installing telephones; and what are the reasons for delays that are being experienced in the Hornchurch area.
§ Mr. Mason
From January, 1966, to March 1968, the national demand for new telephones was 1,817,000; during the same period new telephones were installed at an average rate of 65,700 a month.
Shortage of equipment in Hornchurch and Ingrebourne exchanges, and at Rom-ford switching centre, is causing delay in giving service to applicants in the Hornchurch area.32W
nearest hundred at June, 1966, the latest date for which local estimates are available.