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Public Board Officials

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1952

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many telephones since 1947 have been installed in the private residences of officials of each of the nationalised industries as a matter of priority on the grounds that they were necessary for the conduct of business.

Separate figures are not available, but I can assure my hon. Friend that no official is given priority for a telephone at his home simply because he is employed in a nationalised industry. Priority is allowed only in exceptional cases, e.g. where the official is directly concerned with essential emergency control or repair.