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Installations

Volume 446: debated on Wednesday 28 January 1948

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94.

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the Kerosene Distributing Company Limited, 13, Aswell Street, Louth, is included in the Grimsby telephone directory as 55811, but that no line has been installed because the Grimsby Corporation refuse consent to the erection of two poles; and in view of the possible reflection upon this company's credit, if he will give immediate attention to this matter and have a line installed forthwith.

Particulars of the Kerosene Distributing Company, Limited, were included in the telephone directory because it was expected that their line would be provided by the time the directory was issued. The provision of new underground ducts and cables to serve the few potential subscribers in this locality would not be justified, especially at the present time when our resources of manpower and materials are seriously restricted. I am hopeful that the Grimsby Corporation, on reconsideration, will see their way to grant consent for the necessary poles, and enable me to provide this firm with telephone service. I am sure that this reply will dispel any possible reflection upon the Company's credit.

99.

asked the Postmaster-General the number of farmers in England whose application for the installation of a telephone has been fulfilled in the past 12 months; and how many are still outstanding.

I regret that it is not possible to say how many of the 546,000 new telephones installed in England in the past 12 months were for farmers. About 7,800 farmers' applications in England are outstanding at present.