Skip to main content

Scottish Clergymen (Shared Lines)

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1954

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that ministers of religion in Scotland who have applied for telephone service have been offered a shared-line service with a secular subscriber; and whether conversations on such a line can be overheard by the other party.

Exclusive service is given to ministers of religion whenever possible. They are only called upon to share their telephones when this is the sole means of giving them service or of connecting another applicant. Conversations can only be overheard if both subscribers happen to use the line at the same time. Each has a separate number and is rung independently.