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Public Telephones

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many coin-operated telephone boxes in each parliamentary constituency have been converted to card operation in each of the last 10 years. (242170)

This information is not held by the Department. Neither BT nor Ofcom hold these data broken down by constituency of location. The cost of generating the data on this basis would incur disproportionate cost.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) coin-operated and (b) card-operated public telephone boxes in each parliamentary constituency have been removed from operation in each of the last 10 years. (242171)

This information is not held by the department. However, after a review by Ofcom, BT consulted with the local authorities on its national rationalisation programme of removing up to 8,700 telephone boxes. That process has now ended and BT has taken steps to remove those telephone boxes that are cash operated or cashless only where there has been no objection from the local authority. These data are not available in each of the last 10 years at constituency level but BT could provide more recent data by geographic area on request subject to their discretion.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many (a) coin-operated and (b) card-operated public telephone boxes there were in each constituency in each of the last 10 years. (242206)

This information is not held by the Department. Neither BT nor Ofcom hold this data for each parliamentary constituency in the last 10 years. The cost of generating the data on this basis would incur disproportionate cost.