§ 24. Sir Waldron Smithers
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many applicants there are on the waiting list for the installation of telephones in the Orpington area; and if he will take immediate steps to meet their requirements.
§ Mr. Burke
There are about 1,500 applicants waiting for telephone service at the seven exchanges serving the Orpington urban district council area. To provide for all of these, it will be necessary to lay over 12 miles of underground duct and nearly 50 miles of cable, as well as to provide a new exchange to relieve the present Orpington exchange. This extensive work is in hand, and is being pressed forward to the limit of our resources in manpower and. materials.
§ Sir W. Smithers
In order to help the situation, will the hon. Gentleman do two things? Will he see that the removal of instruments from houses where there is a 391 change of tenancy is stopped, and will he make an appeal to the public coming into new houses to send in any redundant instruments?
§ Mr. Godfrey Nicholson
Is there not an extraordinary expenditure of labour in removing telephones from houses when a new tenant comes in, and would it not be better to leave them there so that that labour might be saved?