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Thursday, 17 May 1973
Page: 2358

Mr Bourchier asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

(1)   Has his Department considered the one number system for emergency telephone services such as Fire, Police and Ambulance; if so, with what result.

(2)   Can he say whether such a system has operated successfully in Great Britain.

(3)   Would such a system save time in emergencies.

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Long term plans for the Department announced in 19S9 made provision of the emergency number '000' for free calls to the Police, Fire

Brigade and Ambulance. This number is in use in all State capital cities and Canberra, and also at a number of country centres. It is the aim of the Department to extend this emergency number to all centres eventually but, in each case, this depends upon satisfactory negotiations with the authorities concerned.

(2)   The number '999' is the standard code for emergency service throughout the United Kingdom and I understand the service has proved successful.

(3)   Generally, yes.

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