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Volume 972: debated on Friday 2 November 1979

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asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will take steps to improve service on the House of Commons telephone system, in view of the long delays which are experienced before calls on the main number, 219 3000, are answered.

I have taken up my hon. Friend's complaint with the authorities of the House. He will realise that the rate at which calls are received on the switchboard varies considerably, but I am confident after my intervention that every effort is being made to speed up the response. If the service does not improve, perhaps my hon. Friend will let me know.