87. Mr. WALLACE
asked the Post master-General why delivery of telegrams from Pathhead Post Office, Kirkcaldy, has been stopped; and whether he is aware of the delay and inconvenience caused to business firms in the Pathhead area who frequently receive telegrams 50 minutes after their arrival at Kirkcaldy?
§ Mr. PEASE
The delivery of telegrams from Pathhead Post Office has been withdrawn in connection with a scheme recently introduced for the concentra- 1976 tion of delivery at the larger offices. This system is less costly and generally as expeditious as forwarding telegrams by wire from the head office to the local office for delivery thence by messenger. I am informed that a delay of 50 minutes in the delivery of telegrams in the Path-head area is exceptional, and that only one complaint of delay has been received. Further inquiries, however, are being made with a view to ascertain whether any improvement in the service is possible, and I will communicate the result to my hon. Friend.