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Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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Postal Service, London


asked the Postmaster-General whether he intends to make any further contraction of postal collections and deliveries in Greater London.

I have already informed the hon. Member, that it is not the intention to restore the 7·30 p.m. and 9 p.m. collections in London, which were suspended during the recent fuel crisis. It has also been decided not to restore the 7 p.m. delivery which was similarly suspended. In future there will be three deliveries in London, with a final delivery commencing at about 3–3·30 p.m., and a final collection at 6–6.30 p.m. In the area contiguous to London, the 8–8.30 p.m. collection will be withdrawn, and the number of deliveries will be reduced to two.

Will the Postmaster-General give us a reason for the reductions?

The hon. and gallant Member knows there is a shortage of manpower in the country, and we have been asked to make our contribution towards this problem.

I beg to give notice that I shall draw attention to this and other postal deficiencies on the Adjournment on Monday next.

Jamaica Parcels And Letters


asked the Postmaster-General what is the reason for the delay in delivery in this country of food parcels from Jamaica.

I am not aware that there is any undue delay at present, although unfortunately there was some earlier in the year owing to very heavy arrivals during the Christmas and New Year periods. In general, parcels are released for delivery within a few days of their arrival, but if the hon. and gallant Member will let me have details of any specific recent delay, I shall be glad to investigate.


asked the Postmaster-General why letters sent from Jamaica by air mail take 15 days to reach this country and what action he is taking to speed up deliveries.

Correspondence despatched from Jamaica by air throughout, normally reaches this country within two to four days. I understand, however, that a service at cheaper rates with air transmission from Jamaica to the U.S.A. and—thence by sea is also available, and correspondence sent by this service might take up to 15 days. If my hon. Friend will let me have details, and, if possible, the envelopes of any letters which appear to have been delayed. I will gladly have inquiries made.

Stamp Machines (Excess)


asked the Postmaster-General the total amount collected, during the 12 months prior to the latest accountable date, from public stamp machines in excess of the value of the stamps supplied from those machines.

For the 12 months ended 31st March, 1946, the excess amount collected was approximately £1,100.

Will the Postmaster-General see that some device is fixed to these machines so that the public do not have to pay for stamps which are not there?

If it were possible to find a completely accurate machine, we should welcome it.