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Volume 439: debated on Wednesday 9 July 1947

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Registered Envelopes (Shortage)

3.

asked the Postmaster-General if he will make a statement about the shortage of registered envelopes.

It has for some time been difficult to meet the demand for registered letter envelopes, which is about double what it was before the war, and the fuel crisis resulted in a serious fall in output which is only now being overtaken. Everything practicable is being done by my Department and the contractors to overcome the present shortage, and I am hopeful that the position will be satisfactory within the next few weeks.

Is the Minister aware that the position has improved since I put down this Question?

Delayed Delivery, Hillington

4.

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that a package posted by the Hillington works of Mirrless Engineers, Limited, on Thursday, 26th June, just after 5 p.m., was delivered at their Scotland Street works, three miles away, on the morning of 30th June; and if he can give any reason for this delay.

I am sorry for the delay in this case. I am not satisfied with the treatment of this packet. I am making inquiry and will write to my hon. Friend.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware there is a feeling that the position has been aggravated by the dismissal of temporary postmen?

Air Mail Stamps

8.

asked the Postmaster-General for what reasons he is unwilling to sanction an issue of air mail stamps.

Special air mail stamps do not offer any advantage in the treatment of air mail correspondence which would balance the additional work and expense of producing, stocking and issuing them.

Has the right hon. Gentleman any means of assessing the loss in dollars to this country arising out of his decision?

Bbc (Third Programme)

7.

asked the Postmaster-General why reception of the B.B.C. Third Programme is so difficult in many foreign countries and British territories overseas; and what steps he proposes to improve it.

The Third Programme of the British Broadcasting Corporation is intended for listeners in this country and the transmitting arrangements are designed to that end and not for reception overseas. Items from the Third Programme are, however, included as opportunity offers in the programmes broadcast by the Corporation for reception overseas.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a very widespread demand existing abroad for the Third Programme, and that its better diffusion would help enormously to assist the good work now being carried out by the British Council?

Telephone Installations (Midwives)

9.

asked the Postmaster-General, if he will include, in the category of those entitled to priority in the installation of telephones, certified mid-wives whose houses are registered as nursing homes.

Certified midwives are given priority whether or not their houses are registered as nursing homes.

If I bring to my right hon. Friend's notice a particular case where this has not been done will he look into it?