asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a parcel sent by ordinary mail to His Majesty's Forces in Korea takes three months in transit and that even a small parcel costs 27s. 6d. to send by Service air mail; and whether he will take steps to reduce substantially the Service air mail charges.
asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that some distress is being caused to the families of men serving in Korea by the high cost of air mail; and if he will make a statement.
Parcels sent by surface mail and addressed to His Majesty's Forces in Korea should secure delivery, on the average, within 60 days. In general, postage on Forces correspondence sent by air is already fixed at rates below cost. The question of Service air mail charges to Korea is, however, being considered with the Departments concerned, and I will write to the hon. Members as soon as possible.