§ Mr. EVELYN CECIL
asked the Postmaster-General whether the attention of his Department has been called to the repeated delays which have taken place in installing a telephone at the house of Mr. E. G. Busbridge, 21, Oakfield Road, Selly Park, Birmingham, which are occasioning him financial loss; and whether he will take steps to accelerate the installation so far as the Post Office can control the circumstances?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The provision of Mr. Busbridge's circuit is dependent on the receipt of consent under the Telegraph Acts from the Corporation of Birmingham in respect of the erection of poles in Oak-field Road. In this and a number of similar cases the corporation asked for the provision of underground wires. Such an expensive type of construction is not however regarded as justifiable so far as the telephone service is concerned and failing a satisfactory issue to the negotiations at an early date the question will be referred to the Courts.