Written Answers. - Telephone Service.

233.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs if he will give details of the rental costs of private telephone and business telephone lines for the following years: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982.

The rentals for private (residence) and business telephone rentals for the years 1973-82 inclusive are as listed in the table below:—

Year Ending 31st December

Quarterly Rental (£)

Residence

Business

Automatic Exchange areas

Manual Exchange areas

Automatic Exchange areas

Manual Exchange areas

1973

6.0

6.5

1974

6.0

6.5

1975

7.08

7.67

1976

9.69

10.50

1977

12.11

13.12

1978

12.11

13.12

1979

14.53

15.74

1980

*17.00

14.53

18.41

15.74

1981

20.60

15.31

22.31

16.58

1982

25.23

18.75

27.33

20.31

* Prior to 1980 no distinction was made between automatic and manual exchange areas.

234.

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

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when a telephone service will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry as she is semi-invalided and lives alone.

It has not been possible to trace an application bearing the name and address quoted. If the Deputy can furnish additional information e.g. when and where the application was made further efforts will be made to trace it.

236.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs when all the interest which is due to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry and about whom Deputy O'Leary has made numerous representations will be paid.

No interest is due to the person concerned.