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London-Scotland-Ireland (Carriage Of Mail)

Volume 645: debated on Wednesday 2 August 1961

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asked the Postmaster-General what plans he has for sending mail on the Vanguard aircraft with which British European Airways will be operating night flights between Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, from 1st November.

I have had discussions with B.E.A. and the new services will be used to carry mail between Scotland and London and the Home Counties. The latest posting times in London for first delivery in Edinburgh and Glasgow on the following weekday will be about two hours later than at present. There will also be improvements in services to other parts of Scotland and in the reverse direction. In total, about 30 million letters a year will be delivered earlier.B.E.A. have also announced new night flights between Belfast and London, and I shall use these to make equally substantial improvements in mail connections with Northern Ireland. Another 11 million letters a year will be delivered earlier.