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Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the Postmaster-General what effect the Rhodesia emergency has had upon postal services and telecommunications between the United Kingdom and Rhodesia; and whether he will make a statement.

There is no indication so far that the Rhodesia emergency has had any marked effect on the volume of postal traffic. Telecommunications traffic in the first few days following U.D.I. was, however, very heavy with some delay to telephone calls. The volume is still above normal but delays have been reduced and the quality of service is normal.As a part of the exchange control measures I have suspended the Postal Order and Money Order services to Rhodesia, and the Cash on Delivery (C.O.D.) service for parcels.