HC Deb 26 March 1969 vol 780 cc321-2W
Mr. Kenneth Baker

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will provide a breakdown of the profitability of the telegram service according to the types of traffic.

Mr. Stonehouse

Information about the profitability of inland telegrams in the form asked for is not available. However, since revenue increases with message length, longer messages tend to be less unprofitable. Messages between large centres of population where the cost of hand delivery is lower, are also less unprofitable and in some cases may even show a small profit.

The cost of hand delivery is almost half the total handling costs and accounts for about 85 per cent. of the revenue.

Mr. Kenneth Baker

asked the Postmaster-General what new investment there has been in telegram equipment in each of the last 10 years.

Mr. Stonehouse

Investment in telegraph equipment during the last ten years was as follows:

Year £'000
1958–59 1,593
1959–60 2,810
1960–61 1,569
1961–62 2,485
1962–63 2,897
1963–64 3,508
1964–65 3,504
1965–66 4,248
1966–67 4,577
1967–68 5,019

Separate figures for investment for equipment for the public telegram service are not available.