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Thursday, 1 September 1960

Mr Reynolds s asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice -

1.   Do many users of public telephones suffer the loss of coins because the subscriber called replaces the receiver before the slow act of inserting four pennies in the slot has been completed?

2.   To overcome this problem could a single token coin, available from all post offices on payment of fourpence, be issued for use in making local calls on public telephones?

3.   Alternatively, could all public telephones be equipped expeditiously with the A and B device whereby, in the case of failure to make a satisfactory connexion, inserted coins can be recovered?

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

1.   No. Checks indicate that very few public telephone users experience this trouble, and of these, most secure the required number without the insertion of further pennies by calling " Complaints ".

2.   The desirability of introducing token coins has been considered, but, because of cost and expected difficulty in securing tokens outside normal post office hours, it has been decided to equip all new public telephones with multi-coin collecting units featuring the A and B device and to progressively convert existing public telephones as supplies become available.

3.   See answer to No. 2.

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