asked the Postmaster-General how many subscribers for private telephones situated more than three miles away from the nearest telephone exchange pay yearly rentals of more than £10, £20, £30, and £40, respectively; how many such subscribers there are in Great Britain as a whole and in Scotland and in the Highlands and Islands, respectively; and what are the total yearly rentals collected by the Post Office from these subscribers in each of these areas.
My right hon. Friend is sorry that the detailed figures asked for are not available centrally: for Great Britain as a whole about 3,000 subscribers have been paying, in total, excess rental of about £45,000 a year. But as my hon. Friend will know from the statement my right hon. Friend made to the House on 24th July last, the extra rentals previously paid by subscribers more than three miles from a telephone exchange have been abolished from today.