HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 cc1274-5
32. Sir Cooper Rawson

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will give permission for the postmen of Brighton and Hove, when delivering letters, to distribute, over a period of two or three days, a joint pamphlet from the Mayors of Brighton and Hove urging the inhabitants to support the war weapons week, in view of the fact that the postmen are anxious to co-operate, without any extra cost to the State, and thus contribute to the successful results of the campaign?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

Much as I sympathise with the object of this appeal and appreciate the public spirit of the local postmen at Brighton and Hove, I regret that I am prevented by Statute from meeting the hon. Member's request. I am not empowered to accord free postage to anyone.

Sir C. Rawson

While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether it is not a fact that any legislation can be got through in this country within 24 hours? [HON. MEMBERS: "No"] After all, we want the money.

Mr. Morrison

I feel that the House is in general agreed that we ought to confine legislation to essential matters, in present circumstances.