§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the Postmaster-General whether he will institute an inquiry into the circumstances at Bulkington, near Nuneaton, on Thursday 13th March, when the 999 Emergency Service was not available because both private and public telephones were out of order and when private property damage occurred as a result of fire.
§ Mr. Stonehouse
Both the cables serving Bulkington were disturbed by roadworks on the morning of March 13th, dislocating the service. Repair work was started immediately, but not completed until 6 a.m. the following day owing to flooding of the manholes. I regret the loss of the 999 facility, but this service cannot be guaranteed immunity from all interruption.