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Telephones (Equipment Contracts)

Volume 890: debated on Monday 21 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many telephone exchange equipment contracts are currently overdue on their original completion date.

The Post Office tells me that information based on original completion dates is not readily available. Some contracts have been renegotiated, and it is against completion dates currently in force that delay is measured. On this basis, 410 contracts—23 per cent.—are subject to supplier delay, over half of which are now overdue.