HC Deb 17 July 1939 vol 350 cc19-20
35. Sir P. Hurd

asked the Postmaster- General whether he is aware of the continued tardiness in the transit of Anglo- Canadian mails, in some cases 11 to 15 days being occupied between Toronto and London; and whether he will confer with the Dominion Government and the transport companies concerned in order to effect a remedy?

Major Tryon

I am aware that the normal period of transmission of letters from Canada to this country may be considerably exceeded in cases where they are posted too late for conveyance by one ship and have to wait several days for the next direct outlet. I understand, however, that facilities exist whereby specially superscribed letters may be sent via New York for conveyance by the fast ships leaving that port for this country.

Information as to the most advantageous outlets for correspondence can no doubt be obtained by the posters at any time on inquiry of the Canadian Post Office. As I stated in reply to my hon. Friend's question on 26th May last, the British Post Office has no voice in the arrangements for the despatch of mails from Canada; but I am bringing his representations to the notice of the Canadian Post Office.