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Farnborough, Fleet And Crookham

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 10 May 1961

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asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the considerable building development taking place in the Farnborough, Fleet and Crookham area of Hampshire; and whether he will make arrangements to ensure that telephones, particularly for business and professional men and invalids, etc., will be made available before 1964, which is the date given to such applicants.

I am aware of the development to which my hon. Friend refers. I expect that most of the 138 people waiting for telephones in the Fleet and Crookham areas will have them early next year. I am sorry, however, that it will not be possible to give service to many of the 46 people waiting for telephones in the Farnborough area until new cables are laid. Because my capital resources are limited these new cables may not be completed until 1964. Special consideration is given to business and professional men and people who are disabled or seriously ill, and I am sorry that it is sometimes not possible to meet their needs at once.