HC Deb 27 October 1919 vol 120 c280
92. Captain HACKING

asked the Postmaster-General why the use of skips for the conveyance of parcels was abolished about five years ago; and whether, in view of the number of parcels which are damaged owing to the use of ordinary mail sacks for the conveyance by rail, etc., he will consider the advisability of again using skips?


Bags, as well as baskets, were always largely used by the Post Office for the conveyance of parcels, and with a view to greater convenience in handling and economy of space the use of bags was made general for inland mails in 1910. Experience shows that parcels properly packed are conveyed safely in bags and that the cases of damage are relatively few. I do not consider that I should be justified in reverting to the use of baskets, which would add considerably to the bulk and weight of parcel mails.