asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what is the estimated cost of defence work falling on the Post Office Vote in 1952–53.
I am assuming that the hon. Member is referring to provision made in the Post Office Estimates for 1952–53 laid before the House in February and not to capital expenditure. The debt annuities for the year 1952–53 include a sum of about £600,000 in respect of work which has been specially carried out in connection with the present defence programme starting 1950–51. In addition to the debt redemption, there will, of course, also be a charge for maintenance, but since the plant is new, that should not be very large.
In view of that reply, will the hon. Gentleman approach his noble Friend with a view to the capital allocation for the Post Office being increased for the ensuing year?
The Question does not refer to the capital allocation. It refers to the Post Office Vote. If the hon. Gentleman looks at the Order Paper, he will see that he has put down "Post Office Vote," using a capital V.