HC Deb 19 December 1968 vol 775 c434W
Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

asked the Postmaster-General how many country satellite telephones have been provided in Scotland; how many are in the Highlands; how many are in the Outer Hebrides; and if he will state his plans regarding extension of this service in the Highlands and Islands.

Mr. Joseph Slater

The information is as follows:—

Country Satellite Exchanges Working Lines
Outer Hebrides 6 86
Mull 4 48
Highlands 11 114
Total 21 248

We do not plan to provide any more of these exchanges, and they will all be replaced or absorbed by automatic exchanges by 1971. By providing additional units on the existing exchanges as they are required, we expect to have sufficient equipment to meet all the additional demands for service that are likely to arise before conversion is completed.

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