§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to improve the availability of Continental and North American telephone directories in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Chataway
No. A general direction would not be appropriate. It would be uneconomic for the Post Office to maintain stocks of all the many foreign telephone directories but any directory will, subject to availability from abroad, be sold by the Post Office either on an occasional or standing order basis. Page 432 of the current issue of the Post Office Guide tells subscribers how to obtain foreign directories from their telephone manager. The more popular directories are obtained regularly for public reference libraries.