HC Deb 26 February 1912 vol 34 cc984-5
Captain O'NEILL

asked the Postmaster-General if he will state the regulations now in force for the date-stamping of letters at receiving offices, in view of the fact that letters are now frequently delivered without any date stamp on the back; and whether steps are taken to prevent this omission leading to irregularity and inconvenience in tracing any delay in the delivery of letters?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

It has been the practice for some years past, with the view of expediting the work, to omit the date-stamping of letters received for delivery by one post, generally the first, at a number of towns. The absence of the stamp indicates delivery by that post. This practice, having been found to work well, has recently been extended. I am not aware that this omission has led to irregularity or inconvenience in tracing any delay in the delivery of letters.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the dates stamped on the letters are sometimes so I smudged as to be absolutely illegible?


I think a great many improvements have been made in that respect in recent years.


Will the right hon. Gentleman make a still greater improvement?


The staff of the Post Office are well aware of the importance of stamping letters legibly.