HC Deb 28 March 1945 vol 409 c1348
32. Major-General Sir Alfred Knox

asked the Postmaster-General whether any decision has yet been reached regarding reduction in the cost of airmail letters to members of the Forces serving abroad.

24. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for Air if, in view of the important part played by letters from home in maintaining the morale of troops overseas, he will make available to the Postmaster-General the aeroplanes required to enable him to extend to troops in the C.M.F. and M.E.F. the privilege of the Forces' 2d. air-letter recently instituted for troops in S.E.A.C., Ceylon and China.

The Postmaster-General (Captain Crookshank)

The postal concessions now in force to troops in the Far East, including the 2d. Forces letter, have been extended to the Central Mediterranean Force and the Middle East Force, including Gibraltar, Malta, Aden, Paiforce and East Africa.

Sir A. Knox

Does that mean that postage is now 1½d.?

Captain Crookshank

Yes, for the one-ounce letter, which will go by air, the same way as for S.E.A.C. The other letters, which used to go for 6d., will go for 2d.

Mr. Shinwell

On a point of Order. What about Question 30?

Mr. Speaker

As soon as the Minister of Information arrives, I will call it.

Mr. Shinwell

Is there any explanation of the non-arrival of the Minister?