§ Mr. GILL
asked the hon. Member for Southampton as representing the First Commissioner for Works, if he is aware that it is now three years since the erection of the new post office for Bolton was promised; that the present premises are utterly inadequate to meet the growing needs of the town; and whether he intends to ask Parliament for sanction in his next Estimates to proceed with the erection of the new building without any further delay?
The TREASURER of the HOUSEHOLD (Mr. Dudley Ward)
The building programme for post offices is settled in consultation with the Treasury and the Postmaster General. The scope of this annual programme is limited by the sum which the Chancellor of the Exchequer is prepared to allow for the Service; and it has been decided that the case of Bolton, with others, must give way during the next financial year to the even more pressing needs of other places.