asked the Postmaster-General when he expects work to start on the construction of the new automatic telephone exchange for Boxmoor; and when the exchange will be ready for use.
As my hon. Friend knows, we have encountered town planning complications in connection with this scheme. My right hon. Friend now expects building work to start about August, 1962, and on this basis the new automatic telephone exchange should be ready for service in the spring of 1965. If my right hon. Friend can improve on this timetable he certainly will.
asked the Postmaster-General what recent improvement he has been able to make in the present Boxmoor telephone exchange.
Several increases in staff and equipment have been made in recent years to meet the rapid growth in the number of subscribers and traffic at Boxmoor Exchange. The building has been extended this year to accommodate further switchboard positions. The service has improved since the beginning of the year, but it is still not satisfactory. My right hon. Friend is doing all he can to improve it.