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Tuesday, 17 July 1906

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   Yes.

2.   It is anticipated that the initiation of such a system would assist in the direction indicated.

3.   The Department's endeavours to popularize the telephone in the country districts are shown by the recently issued draft telephone regulations, a r isumi of which, so far as they affect country district telephones, is given in the paper read by Mr. Hesketh ,at the recent Convention of the Agricultural Association at Sale. A copy of this paper will be laid upon the table of the House at an early date.

4.   Yes.

5.   The report, dated 12th March, 1905, presented by Mr. Hesketh on his return from America, and laid upon the table of the House on 8th September, contains, on page 5, a summary of the results of his investigations as to country district telephones.

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