HC Deb 03 May 1968 vol 763 c260W
Mr. Lubbock

asked the Postmaster-General what estimate he has made of the number of inland local and trunk calls and the number of overseas calls to Europe and the rest of the world, respectively, over the next five years; and what action he is taking to develop mathematical models for prediction of telephone usage as an aid to capital expenditure decisions.

Mr. Mason

A review of the capital investment requirements, system growth, and financial prospects for the period to 1972–73 is at present in progress.

I have accepted the recommendation in paragraph 216(1) of the Report by the National Board for Prices and Incomes to strengthen the team working in the field of mathematical model building. Advertisements for the recruitment of additional specialist staff have been displayed in the appropriate papers and journals.