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Tuesday, 16 October 1956

Mr Stewart t asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   What is the number of outstanding applications for telephones in the suburbs in the electoral division of Lang served by the LF, UL, UW and UY telephone exchanges?

2.   What is the longest period for which an applicant has been waiting?

3.   What is the average length of time for which applicants have been waiting?

4.   When can applicants expect to have the telephone connected?

Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   1956.

2.   One applicant has been waiting eleven years because of acute cable shortage, but relief work to provide service is now in hand.

3.   It is not practicable to determine the average length of time for which applicants have been waiting, but the majority of the applications were lodged within the last two years.

4.   It is expected that the majority of 1he waiting applications will be satisfied during the current works programme and most of the remainder in the 1957-58 works programme.

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