HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 c1202
22. Sir Henry Morris-Jones

asked the Postmaster-General whether the recent deterioration in the promptitude of the delivery of letters, etc., especially in rural and semi-urban areas, will be rectified at an early date?

Captain Waterhouse

As my right hon. Friend explained in reply to a question asked by my hon. Friend on 13th September, some slowing down of mail services has been unavoidable because of the shortage of experienced Post Office staff, the re-arrangements of train services, and the lighting restrictions. I regret that it has been necessary to reduce the number of deliveries of letters and parcels but I see no prospect of restoring them in the near future to the peace-time standard. I can assure my hon. Friend that all practicable steps are being taken to avoid delay in the delivery of letters.

Mr. G. Strauss

Are additional staff being taken on to replace those who have left to join the Services?

Captain Waterhouse

Yes, Sir, a large additional staff has been taken on.