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Volume 527: debated on Wednesday 5 May 1954

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General approximately how many applications for telephones in the borough of Leyton are now outstanding; how many have been installed in the last year; and what now is the average time elapsing between an application and installation.

275 telephones were connected in the 12 months ended 31st March, 1954, and 1,663 are outstanding. When plant and equipment is available, the average waiting time is about one month for priority applicants and varies from two to four months in other cases. I might add that it is hoped to connect some 1,000 additional lines in Leyton during the current financial year.