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Hospitals (Portable Coin Boxes)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many portable telephones have been installed throughout the country; to whom they are available; how many will be fitted this year; what estimate he has made of the annual number likely to be demanded; and whether he will give hospitals and similar institutions priority.

I assume that the Question refers to the portable coin box telephone recently installed at Acton Hospital. A few preliminary inquiries have been received from other hospitals and from hospital group management committees, but so far as I am aware no firm requests for installation of equipment have yet resulted. It is too early to say what the demand is likely to be. There will be no avoidable delay in providing this facility at hospital or similar institutions.