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Telecommunications Industry

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what information he has as to (a) the number of employees in the British telecommunications industry per telephone subscriber and (b) the comparable figure for West Germany and France.

The latest edition of the "International Telecommunication Union's Yearbook of Common Carrier Telecommunication Statistics" gives the following information:

Total staff in telecommunication servicesMain lines (telephone exchange connections)
United Kingdom (British Telecom) 31 March 1986230,19721,653,639
Germany (Federal Republic) (Bundesministerium fur das Post-und Fernmeldewesen) 31 December 1985212,36425,588,585

Total staff in telecommunication services

Main lines (telephone exchange connections)

France (Direction generate des telecommunications) 31 December 1985166,78823,031,972

Direct comparison of such figures can be misleading as different operators offer different services whilst the amount of sub-contracted work also differs. A comparison of prices charged suggests that for typical telephone use United Kingdom prices are at least in line with France and Germany.