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Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Postmaster-General what is the target for the number of telephone kiosks to be erected in the next four years, respectively; the number of actual kiosks which have been ordered; the contract price of each; and the delivery rate in the next four years, respectively.

The Post Office aims to provide about 1,700 kiosks a year for the next four or five years, but actual achievement will depend on the rate of supply of kiosks and of the associated components. The number of kiosks at present on order is 7,500, of which 3,100 have been supplied. The remainder are now being delivered at the rate of about 200 a month. It is not usual to disclose contract prices but I may say that the cost of the kiosk itself is a relatively small part of the £160 which represents the average cost of providing an installation.