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Postal Facilities, North Africa

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 24 March 1943

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asked the Postmaster-General (1) whether he will organise an air-mail letter service to North Africa without further delay, in view of the fact that these facilities are already enjoyed by our Allies in this theatre and by British troops in other theatres of operations;(2) whether he is aware that although the postal facilities to North Africa have recently improved they still leave much to be desired; and whether this Parliamentary Question, posted from a unit in North Africa on 4th March, has taken an average time in transit?

Both an airgraph service and a light-weight air letter service have recently been established from this country to the British North African Force. In the homeward direction, an air letter service has been provided and an airgraph service will also shortly be available. These new services represent substantial improvements in postal communication to and from the troops, and they should afford speedier transmission between this country and the base than was possible when my hon. and gallant Friend posted the notice of his Question.