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Automatic Telephone Exchanges, London

Volume 345: debated on Monday 20 March 1939

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asked the Postmaster-General when the Victoria telephone exchange, London, will become automatic; and when the conversion of the whole Metropolitan area will be completed?

The Victoria telephone exchange will, it is hoped, be converted to automatic working next May. The conversion of the London telephone system, within a radius of 10 miles from Oxford Circus, will, in accordance with the present programme, be completed by about 1944.

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied with this rate of progress, which is a great deal slower than in other countries?

On the contrary, the telephone developments in this country have been better than in any other country recently.