HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 c1514
31. Captain Strickland

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the delay in the delivery of mails to and from members of His Majesty's Forces stationed in Malta; whether this can be expedited; and whether he will extend the privilege of airgraph letters to that service?

The Postmaster-General (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

Yes, Sir. The delays are due to the interruption of the normal routes. The matter is under constant examination in consultation with the other Departments concerned and all opportunities for the despatch of mails are used. There is already an air-mail postcard service at 3d. to members of His Majesty's Forces in Malta, and the question of introducing a similar service in the homeward direction is being considered. Technical considerations at present preclude the setting up of a separate airgraph organisation on the Island, but the matter is being kept under review and an airgraph service will be set up if other circumstances permit.

Mr. Mathers

What is the normal time of transit for the postcard service?

Mr. Morrison

The service works in conjunction with the Service Departments. I could not give details of the times, which may vary greatly.