HC Deb 01 November 1944 vol 404 c786
24. Mr. Murray

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he is aware that men in the service of Glen and Company, Limited, who were stationed in Naples for 7½ months and have now removed to another port, have not received any mail since the end of July, 1944; and will he seek to remove the disquiet of these men by having their mails speeded up from Naples where a bag of mail is lying awaiting removal.

Mr. Noel-Baker

I am aware of the difficulties that have arisen in delivering mail to the ship to which my hon. Friend refers, and I am glad to assure him that enquiries had begun before this Question was put down. According to my present information, mails were despatched from Naples on 25th September, and on later dates. I will, however, send fuller information to my hon. Friend, when my enquiries are complete.

Mr. Murray

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that this ship has only been at sea for six weeks out of 18 months, and that other ships in the same port where the ship is now lying have been receiving their mails frequently? Could he take steps to see that this ship receives mail in the same way as other ships in the same port?

Mr. Noel-Baker

My information is not that the ship was only at sea for six weeks in 18 months. I think it was moving about the Mediterranean, but I will make further inquiries.