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Exchanges, London (Personnel)

Volume 649: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1961

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78.

asked the Postmaster-General what is the present shortage of personnel in the London telephone exchanges.

Except in the Continental exchange the general shortage of female telephonists in London has now been overcome, though there are temporarily small variations in the position at individual exchanges. There is at present still a shortage of some 400 fully trained male telephonists, on an establishment of 3,361.The Continental exchange which employs linguist telephonists has vacancies for 56 women and 60 men on a total establishment of 1,207. Staff are in training to cover these vacancies.