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Letters (Transport, Canada)

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1951

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asked the Postmaster-General how many complaints he has received in respect of the excessive time taken for the transport of letters between Canada and this country; and what is the normal time taken.

There are some 2,700 stamp-selling machines attached to pillar boxes in Great Britain and of this number about 250 are over 20 years old.


asked the Postmaster-General if he can provide information for 1949 and 1950 as to the money received through the pillar box stamp machines as compared with the gross number of stamps issued to the customer; and what is the percentage of failure of the machines to deliver stamps after the coin is inserted.

Information in the precise form desired by the hon. Member is not available but, for the 17,600 Post Office stamp-selling machines, the excess amount collected in each of the years 1949 and 1950 was about £1,000 out of estimated total receipts of about £1 million. Recorded faults requiring technical attention amounted to 1.4 per machine per year.