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Orpington, Farnborough And Biggin Hill

Volume 645: debated on Wednesday 2 August 1961

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asked the Postmaster-General how many applicants are waiting for connection to the Orpington, Farnborough and Biggin Hill telephone exchanges, respectively; what is the present average period between application and connection; and whether he will make a statement upon the position generally now that these three new fully automatic exchanges are in operation.

The figures for which my hon. Friend asks and the number of telephones connected in the last twelve months are given in the following table:

OrpingtonFarn boroughBiggin Hill
Number of applicants waiting for connexionNilNil1
Number of applications under inquiry or in course of being met827660
Average period between application and connexion3 weeks3 weeks4–5 weeks
Number of telephones connected in the last 12 months98749968
We hope to be able to connect the one waiting applicant in the Biggin Hill exchange area by October, 1961, when a new cable will be completed; other cables are planned for this area to cater for new building development.