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Members Of Parliament (Telephone Trunk Calls)

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1945

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asked the Chancellor of theExchequer whether he will give favourable consideration to the introduction of free telephone trunk calls from the House of Commons to the respective divisions of Members of Parliament.

I will give consideration to this suggestion, but I cannot promise that it will be favourable.

:Is there any valid reason why this should not be done? Surely the right hon. Gentleman cannot wish to handicap or cause hardship to hon. Members who live many miles from Westminster?

:A number of proposals are being put forward now, all designed to assist hon. Members in one way or another. I think we had better take them all together and have a comprehensive review. That is what is proposed to be done.

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman when, and why the delay? The Government can get on with nothing.