HC Deb 27 February 1900 vol 79 cc1205-6
MR. BARTLEY () Islington, N.

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that parcels not sent by post but in accordance with the special regulations of the War Office circular to soldiers in South Africa, and forwarded on 25th November, had not arrived on 29th January, after a delay of nearly nine weeks; and whether he has yet arranged that parcels sent to the soldiers shall be delivered so that the rank and file shall not any longer be deprived of those comforts which are too heavy to go by post, and which people in this country are so anxious to supply them with.


The military authorities are doing all they can to secure the safe arrival of these parcels. But considering the masses of parcels which have been received, many improperly packed, many misdirected, and not a few without any address at all, it is not surprising that a proportion hare miscarried. Something would be gained if senders would always send their consignments in wooden cases.