HC Deb 01 May 1928 vol 216 cc1520-1

asked the Postmaster-General the total value of the losses sustained by his Department during the past five years through burglaries and other robberies; the number of persons prosecuted in connection therewith; whether the premises involved are considered to be suitable for the transaction of Post Office business; and the steps which were taken to secure future protection to persons and property?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir William Mitchell-Thomson)

The total amount of losses sustained by the Post Office during the past five years through burglaries and other robberies is £10,391 and 195 persons have been prosecuted in connection therewith. In no case were the premises involved considered unsuitable for Post Office business. Measures for the protection of post offices and the persons employed therein have been taken by the police, with whom my officers are in constant communication; but it is not in the public interest to make any statement as to their nature.


Do the figures given by the right hon. Gentleman include defalcations by Post Office officials?


No, I think not. I was only asked for figures of burglaries and robberies.