§ 34. Mr. W. BAKER
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the last delivery of letters in the district of St. George, in the City of Bristol, is timed to be made at 2.15 p.m.; that the last general collection of letters takes place at 6 p.m.; that the 4.45 a.m. collection, which connects with the local first delivery and with the Bristol and Penzance travelling post office, is not made in St. George, because, whilst the city postal area extends to a point four miles distant from the head office in a northerly direction, its boundary is fixed at a distance of two miles in the easterly direction, to the exclusion of St. George; whether he is aware that the district of St. George is an important business and industrial area, wholly within the City of Bristol; that it is handicapped by the lack of the adequate postal facilities which are given to the residential areas; whether his attention has been called to the office accommodation at the St. George office, which has remained unaltered since 1881, the postmen's office being a room 14 feet 5 inches by 9 feet 9 inches, without sanitary accommodation; and whether, seeing that the question of these postal facilities has been the subject of representations to the surveyor for some years past, and having regard to the urgency of securing an improvement in the local collections, he will consider the advisability of erecting an adequate district postmen's office in this locality so as to improve the local postal facilities?
§ Sir F. MEYER
Before this question is answered, Mr. Speaker, may I ask if it is in order for an hon. Member to evade the rule which limits the number of verbal questions to three by putting down a question which itself contains about ten different questions within the scope of one?
§ Sir W. MITCHELL-THOMSON
I am making inquiries as to the delivery and collection arrangements in these districts, and will communicate the result to the hon. Member in due course. Proposals for the provision of a Postmen's District Office in East Bristol are under 'consideration.