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New Exchanges And Extensions

Volume 728: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1966

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asked the Postmaster-General how many contracts for new telephone exchanges and extensions to existing exchanges were completed during 1965–66; and how many orders were placed.

Contractors completed 111 new large exchanges and 161 major extensions to existing exchanges during 1965–66, and as part of our expansion programme contracts were placed for 121 new exchanges and 531 extensions.

How much did the Post Office spend on new exchange equipment in 1965–66 and how much will be spent in 1967–68?

In 1965–66 £36 million was spent. We are planning to spend more than half as much again in 1966–67, and more than twice as much in 1967–68.