asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the continued dissatisfaction of members of the public who are refused telephone connections in Lichfield and district and that there is frustration among persons who are being encouraged under overspill and other planning schemes to reside in this area; and, in view of the fact that plant and cable shortages have been continuing for many years past, what plans he proposes to alleviate this problem.
My right hon. Friend is sorry that he cannot at present meet telephone needs in Lichfield more quickly, but he is doing all he can to improve the position with the resources available. The relief exchange has been slightly delayed but it will be opened next month and it will then be possible to meet about ninety of the outstanding orders. Additional cables are also being laid.