§ 11. Sir H. BRITTAIN
asked the Postmaster-General the number of horse-drawn and mechanically-propelled vehicles, respectively, used for the conveyance of mails; whether it is proposed entirely to replace horse-drawn by mechanically-propelled means of transport; and, if so, when?
§ Sir W. MITCHELL-THOMSON
The number of Post Office owned vehicles used for the conveyance of mails by road is at present about 2,500. All are mechanically propelled. As regards services provided under contract, I am not able to give figures, but the number of horse-drawn vehicles is relatively small. It is not proposed to replace horse vans where they are economical and meet postal requirements efficiently.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that horse-drawn vehicles block up Francis Street, Westminster, every day, and that I cannot get past?