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New Towns (Capital Allocations)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 27 October 1954

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General to what extent particular allocations for capital expenditure on telephone services for new towns are made annually; and what steps are taken to ensure that such allocations are not diverted to other work.

The needs of the new towns are fully taken into account when the annual allocations of funds to telephone managers are decided, and telephone managers give priority to works in new towns. Funds so allocated are not diverted elsewhere.

Can I, then, give an assurance to my constituents that there is no danger of moneys allocated for the normal work in the new towns being diverted to work elsewhere?