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Residential Subscribers

Volume 649: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1961

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asked the Postmaster-General what action he is taking to encourage the use of telephones by residential subscribers.

In order to encourage the use of the telephone I have made several reductions in call charges during the past year or so. Trunk call charges have been reduced during the cheap rate period; local call charges for residential subscribers have been reduced from 3d. to 2½d.; the rate of charge for local calls in areas with subscriber trunk dialling has been reduced, in the cheap rate period, from 2d. for 6 minutes to 2d. for 12 minutes; and the cheap rate period itself has been extended to cover the whole of Sunday. The extension of subscriber trunk dialling will, I hope, continue to stimulate the use of the telephone.