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Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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asked the Postmaster-General what is the number of applicants for lines on the Kidlington exchange awaiting connection in 1945, 1946 and 1947, respectively; the number of spare lines on 24th March, 1947; when it is anticipated further facilities will be given to new subscribers; and what capital construction is involved.

The number applicants waiting for service on the Kidlington exchange on 31st March, 1945, 1946 and 1947 was nine, 26 and 61, respectively; and on 24th March, 1947, there were 11 spare subscribers' equipments at the exchange. It is proposed to carry out an interim extension of the existing manual exchange this year and to replace it by an automatic exchange next year, but in view of the shortage of materials and the large number of similar works to be undertaken elsewhere it is not possible at present to quote firm dates for the completion of these installations. The capital cost of the new exchange and additional plant line will be approximately £14,000.