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Crown Office, North Chingford

Volume 529: debated on Wednesday 7 July 1954

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will now sanction the establishment of a Crown post office in North Chingford.

My noble Friend would like to be able to authorise a new building now, but while the need for strict economy continues he regrets that he must give priority to more urgent cases. I am sorry that our search for alternative premises offering better accommodation than that available at Station Road has not been successful.

Is my hon. Friend aware that for three years his Department has condemned the existing premises as sub-Crown standard, and as they are in the middle of an expanded population, will he do all he can to accelerate the provision of proper Crown offices?

I am afraid that a number of our post offices are sub-Crown office standard. I only wish I could accede to my hon. Friend's wishes, but there are some offices that are worse than that of which he is speaking, and, therefore, I am afraid we have to give priority to the others.

What is a Crown post office? In view of the rise in the cost of living, would it be possible to have half-crown post offices?