HC Deb 18 March 1941 vol 370 c20
39. Major Owen

asked the Postmaster- General whether he is aware of the great delay in the delivery of letters from officers and men serving in the Middle East; and whether he will take immediate steps to have such delivery expedited and thus allay the anxieties of wives and relatives in this country?

Mr. Chapman

I am aware that, owing to the interruption of the normal routes, the time of transmission of both surface and air mails from the Middle East has, unfortunately, been increased. This matter is engaging the constant attention of my right hon. Friend who is considering various expedients for improvement with the Departments concerned.

Major Owen

Is the hon. Member aware that in many cases relatives in this country have received no word at all from serving soldiers in the Middle East since last September?

Mr. Chapman

I am afraid that there have been unfortunate delays, but my hon. and gallant Friend appreciates that there are many factors out with the jurisdiction of my right hon. Friend, and until he has completed his consultation with the other Departments concerned no further announcement can be made.