asked the Postmaster-General what plans he has for the modernisation of the Altrincham telephone exchange; and when these plans will be executed.
It is planned to convert the Altrincham telephone exchange to automatic working as soon as the necessary building can be erected and the equipment installed. This is an extensive job which is unlikely to he completed before the end of 1954.
Is there no hope of completing the work earlier, in view of the congestion on this exchange despite efficient staffing?
I do not think that there is any hope of completing this particular job, but there is room to put on a number of other lines with an extension of the present exchange.