§ 72. Mr. William Price
asked the Postmaster-General what was the amount of money collected from Members of Parliament for telephone calls from Westminster during the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what was the estimated cost of collection.
§ Mr. Stonehouse
The authorities of both Houses are responsible for the charges for all telephone calls from the Palace of Westminster, but by special arrangement, the Post Office bills Members direct for most private trunk calls. The costs to the Post Office and to the House in 1968 were about £4,600 to recover charges amounting to about £4,500. These arrangements will cease when the automatic telephone system is introduced in the Palace in 1971.