§ Sir G. de Freitas
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is aware that the telephone facilities at the Department of Trade and Industry office in Nottingham are inadequate for dealing with queries from the East Midlands region and particularly from the parliamentary constituency of Kettering; and if he will take immediate steps to improve these facilities in view of the number of questions about fuel supplies which have to be put to his Department.
§ Mr. Emery
I apologise for the inconvenience which this is causing because the telephone facilities at the DTI office at Nottingham are currently overloaded due to the increased work arising from the emergency. The Post Office is doing everything possible to assist; a number of extra lines are being installed on Monday and a further 15 in January.