HC Deb 06 December 1911 vol 32 cc1404-5

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that some private businesses and municipal tramways have been able to organise an express parcels delivery service at a profit; and whether, with a view to diminishing undesirable forms of juvenile employment and substituting adult for juvenile labour, he will consider the possibility of organising an efficient express parcels delivery service for the use of traders and others in populous areas?


I am quite alive to the expediency of economising boy labour, and a Standing Committee on this subject which I have appointed has before it the question of doing so as far as possible in connection with express delivery. The Post Office already has an efficient express delivery of letters and parcels, which is performed by telegraph messengers in connection with their other duties, and I do not think that an adult service such as the Noble Lord seems to have in view could be substituted with advantage.