HC Deb 17 February 1943 vol 386 cc1715-6
16. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for Air when he anticipates that there will be an improvement in the air-mail service from members of the Armed Forces serving in India and their friends and relatives in this country?

Sir A. Sinclair

It has recently become possible to allocate additional aircraft for transport purposes, and this should lead to an improvement in the near future in the troop air-mail services to and from India.

Mr. Dugdale

Does the right hon. Gentleman expect that improvement will be considerable? Three months is a considerable time for an air mail letter.

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir, improvement will be as good as we can make it and as soon as we can make it.

Mr. E. Walkden

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I recently saw a letter which took only 17 days, and another which replied to one which took 19 days? I think that shows there is some improvement, and we should mention it.

Sir H. Williams

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I saw a letter which took 19 days to be delivered after it arrived in India?

Mr. Muff

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in some parts of India some of the Christmas mail has not yet arrived?

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