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Post Office

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 6 April 1949

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New Building, Newport


asked the Postmaster-General what arrangements he proposes to make to ensure that all the facilities at Newport Post Office will be continued and maintained during the building operations for the new offices on the same site.

Building operations will be confined to the site adjoining the present head post office, and all public facilities will be fully maintained while the building work is going on.

Stamp Issues, Argentina


asked the Postmaster-General if his attention has been drawn to postage stamps issued by the Argentine Government and designed with maps to emphasise Argentine pretensions to the Falkland Islands and Dependencies; and whether he will decline to accept for transmission by British postal services covers bearing such stamps as offensive propaganda.

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir." As regards the second part, under the provisions of the Universal Postal Convention, the criterion for the prepayment of postage in the international postal service is that the postage stamps used must be valid in the country of origin; and it would neither be consistent with those provisions nor in the interests of the addressees to do as the hon. Member suggests.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his indifference will be deeply resented by our fellow subjects in the Falkland Islands?

I do not think there is any indifference at all. If I did what the hon. Member wishes I should have a lot of people in this country complaining.

Post-Mark, Lancaster And Morecambe


asked the Postmaster-General if, in view of the separation of Morecambe from Lancaster under the Representation of the People Act, he will change the post-mark "Lancaster and Morecambe" to "Morecambe and Heysham."

No, Sir. There would be no public or postal advantage in doing as the hon. Member suggests.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there would be very great pleasure in Morecambe and Heysham?

Office Business


asked the Postmaster-General what business is transacted at post offices apart from postal, telegraph, telephone and savings bank services.

Apart from the services named by the hon. Member, other business transacted at Post Offices includes: (1) Issue and payment of money orders and postal orders, (2) Payment of pension and allowance orders and of postal drafts issued by Government Departments, (3) Sale of insurance, entertainments duty, and certain fiscal stamps, (4) Issue of broadcast, television, motor vehicle, local taxation and private brewer licences, (5) Issue of standard petrol ration books, (6) Issue of tobacco duty relief token books and application forms, (7) Acceptance of documents for stamping for transmission to the Inland Revenue, (8) Issue of forms and leaflets relative to these and other Government services, (9) Maintenance of lists of doctors and chemists participating in the National Health scheme.

I am obliged to the right hon. Gentleman for that answer, but would he not agree, in view of the length of that list of extras, that his salary ought to be raised?

Will my right hon. Friend recommend the Post Office Guide to the hon. Member from which he can get all the information he wants?