asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the unsatisfactory nature of the recorded delivery postal service in relation to the work of the Sheriff at Airdrie, details of which have been forwarded to him by the hon. Member for Coatbridge and Airdrie; and what action he is taking in the matter.
The information which the hon. Member was good enough to send my right hon. Friend has been taken into account in considering whether to amend Statutes so as to permit the use of recorded delivery as an alternative to the registered post for sending documents. The view of the Departments responsible for the Statutes is that the new service would be an acceptable alternative, and effect is given to this in the Recorded Delivery Service Bill, which was considered in Committee on 28th February and is due to be reported on 6th April.
May I take it from that reply that some sort of surety will be provided to guarantee delivery of such important documents as summonses, citation, etc.?
We have no reason to believe that the recorded delivery postal service will be any less secure for the service of documents than is the registered post.