HC Deb 11 July 1946 vol 425 c567
43. General Sir George Jeffreys

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that letters posted and addressed to places less than 50 miles away still not infrequently take 48 hours to reach their destination; and when an improvement in the speed and punctuality of the postal service may be expected to take place.

Mr. Burke

No, Sir. I have no reason to suppose that delay of the order referred to is frequent. Postal services in many areas have already been improved and by the end of this year the improvement should be general throughout the country. I shall be obliged if the hon. and gallant Member will let me have details of the cases he has in mind in order that inquiry may be made.

Sir G. Jeffreys

1 shall be glad to send the hon. Member particulars of quite recent cases of the kind to which I have referred. Can he give any assurance that normal prewar postal services may be restored at an early date?

Mr. Burke

As I have already stated, there has been a considerable improvement, and by the end of the year there will be more. I shall be glad to look at any particular case.