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Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 8 November 1950

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asked the Postmaster-General how many applications for telephones are still outstanding in Cardiff; and whether any steps have been taken in recent months for all schools in Cardiff to be equipped with telephones.

There are 3,879 for the four exchanges serving Cardiff. So far as I am aware, there are no outstanding applications for school telephones in this area.

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider consulting with the Minister of Education, with a view to seeing that schools, not only in Cardiff, are equipped with telephones, before some child loses its life as a result of difficulty in contacting hospitals and other services?

No. Sir. The obligation is on the local authority to make this application. When it does, it will certainly have preferential consideration.

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman take some initiative in this matter in view of the difficulties?