Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

64.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the number of people currently awaiting telephone service; and the number of those who have been waiting for two or more years.

The waiting list at the end of September 1980 was about 94,000; about 26,000 have been waiting for two years or more.

69.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Waterford.

): It is expected that service will be provided within the next two months or so.

70.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Waterford.

): It is expected that service will be provided by mid-1981.

71.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the financial assistance received from the EEC in each of the past five years towards the improvement of our telephone system.

): As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

Following is the Statement:

Year

European Investment Bank Approved Loans

European Regional Development Fund Approved Grants

£ (Million)

£ (Million)

1975

17.5

No. of telephone projects submitted to ERDF

1976

16.0

3.0(3)

1977

17.0

2.7

1978

3.1

1979

30.0(1)

7.1

1980

38.0(2)

25.9

Total

118.5

41.8

(1) £12.0 million of this amount was provided by New Community Instrument.

(2) £17.2 million of this amount was provided by New Community Instrument. A further £2.6 million was approved for Telex Development. (Not included above)

(3) A further £0.5 million was approved for Telex Development. (Not included above)

74.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will provide a public telephone kiosk at Bealad, Clonakilty, County Cork.

): A telephone kiosk to serve the needs of the area is expected to be erected before the end of 1980.