33. Colonel Arthur Evans
asked the Postmaster-General whether, in gratitude for the magnificent achievements of the troops in the Middle East, he will arrange further concessions for the sending of cables and parcels; whether, in this connection, he will consider granting free postage on parcels, as in the last war, and cheaper air mail; and whether, as the spasmodic delivery of mails and lack of news of their families, due to bad communications, are causing unnecessary worry to the men, he will investigate the whole circumstances to see whether something can be done to expedite and improve delivery?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
The possibility of improving communications with the troops in the Middle East and, in particular, of introducing a cheaper air mail service, is being actively considered by my own Department and the other Departments concerned, and I hope to be able to make a statement shortly. My hon. and gallant Friend is under a misapprehension in supposing that in the last war parcels for the troops were accepted free of postage. The rates for parcels are, in fact, lower in this war than in the last.