Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Telephone Trunk Lines, Dublin-Liverpool.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs whether he will cause inquiries to be made into the adequacy of existing telephone trunk lines between Dublin and Liverpool and consider what steps are necessary to avoid the delays that at present arise in connection with this service.

I have had inquiries made into the adequacy of the existing telephone lines between Dublin and Liverpool and am satisfied that service, generally speaking, is good.

Is the Minister aware that not infrequently there has been a delay of two hours on that line?

Mr. Boland

I am not aware of any such thing. There may occasionally be a delay of that kind, but when that occurs it has been found to have been generally due to some fault in the circuit on the land line at the other side. On all such occasions there are representations made by our Department to the British side.

I would suggest to the Minister that he would inquire further into that question, for beyond all doubt it has frequently happened that there has been a delay of over two hours on the Dublin-Liverpool line; if the Minister will have inquiries made he will find that complaints have been made direct to the Department of Posts and Telegraphs here as well as complaints to the British side.

Mr. Boland

I have had inquiries made, as the Deputy ought to know, when any delay occurs. But we have got very few complaints. If the Deputy makes a complaint about a specific delay I will have it inquired into.