§ MR. M'LAREN (Leicestershire, Bosworth)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether the attention of the Postmaster General has been called to a recent report of the medical officer of health for the town of Hinckley, in which he animadverted on the arrangements of the Hinckley post office in respect of sanitary accommodation for the clerks and for the postmaster's household, in respect of space for the staff and for the public, and in respect of ventilation; whether it has been admitted by the Surveyor to the Post Office that the present building is insufficient for the postal needs of a manufacturing town of 12,000 inhabitants, and whether he is aware that, after representations had been made to the Postmaster General on the subject several years ago, a site was actually acquired by him in a suitable position for a new post office; and whether he can give any assurance that the matter will be further inquired into, and the erection of a new and commodious post office proceeded with.
§ MR. HANBURY
Attention has been called to the report in question, and it is admitted that the present post office at Hinckley is insufficient. A site was purchased last year and plans for a new building have been prepared and are under consideration. The erection of the building will be proceeded with as soon as practicable.