§ 40. Mr. Driberg
asked the Postmaster-General, if he is aware of the hardship caused to many telephone subscribers by the imposition of a reconnection charge of £20 when they move house; and if he will waive this charge when a subscriber has been obliged to move by a local authority carrying out a clearance scheme.
§ Mr. Stonehouse
The connection charge reflects the cost of providing the exchange line to a particular house. I cannot make modifications to this charge according to the circumstances in which a customer moves house.