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Jamaica Parcels And Letters

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 7 May 1947

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69.

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.

71.

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.