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Post Office (Telegram Delay)

Volume 467: debated on Friday 22 July 1949

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asked the Postmaster-General what were the reasons for the delay in handling a telegram, of which details have been sent to him, which was handed in at Kensington at 4.47 p.m. on 4th July and was not received in Hastings Head Post Office until 8.19 a.m. 5th July.

men, police and Malayan nationals also killed during this period.

The following are the approximate numbers of persons killed, and of European civilians injured, by bandits in Malaya during each of the last six months:

I much regret that this telegram was mishandled at the Central Telegraph Office in London, where it was not passed to an operator for onward transmission until after the Hastings office had closed. As a result of this delay, the telegram was not delivered till the next morning. Full investigation is being made into the cause of this unfortunate lapse.