HC Deb 03 August 1916 vol 85 c501
80. Mr. FLAVIN

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that complaints have been made by Irish soldiers serving in Salonika about not only the delay but the non-delivery of parcels sent by their families from Ireland to their sons in Salonika; and whether he will say why there is this delay, and why parcels sent weekly were in many cases not delivered?


Letter and parcel mails for the Salonika Force are forwarded from London by the most expeditious routes at the disposal of the Post Office, and-there is no avoidable delay in their transmission. The period of transit for parcels is necessarily longer than for letters, but as a rule does not exceed three weeks. Various reasons may account for a delay or the non-delivery. The non-delivery of a parcel is frequently due to the address being either incomplete or incorrect, or to insufficient packing.


May I draw the right hon. Gentleman's attention to one particular case which has been brought to my notice, where a parcel has been sent out each week, but not 25 per cent, of the parcels have been delivered to the soldier at the front?


I should be very glad to have any case inquired into if the hon. Member would give me the dates when the parcels were sent off.


I will send the communication to the right hon. Gentleman.