§ 24. Mr. Westwood
asked the Postmaster-General how many applicants for the installation of telephone services in the burgh of Stirling are now awaiting the installation; how long have they been waiting for the same; what is the cause of the delay; whether he is aware of the inconvenience caused by the delay; and when these installations will be completed?
§ The Assistant Postmaster-General (Sir Walter Womersley)
Eleven applicants are awaiting connection to the Stirling telephone exchange. Three of the applications were received in the latter part of 1938 and the rest were received this year. The delay in providing service is due to the absence of spare wires in the underground cables serving the localities affected. I fully appreciate and regret the inconvenience. A cabling scheme is at present in progress and should enable service to be given to the earlier applications by July next. The remaining cases are dependent on the laying of further cables, and I am afraid that this work cannot be completed much before the end of the year.