§ 2. Lieut.-Colonel Rees-Williams
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the sub-post office at Selhurst Road, S.E.25, was closed on 30th October, 1945, thereby causing considerable inconvenience in the neighbourhood; and whether he will re-open this office without further delay.
§ The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Burke)
As my Noble Friend has explained in correspondence with the hon. and gallant Member, he is anxious to reopen this sub-post office as soon as a candidate with suitable premises to offer is forthcoming. At the moment the premises offered require reconditioning, but I hope with the assistance of the local council to surmount this difficulty.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Rees-Williams
Is my hon. Friend aware that the delay in reopening this sub-post office is causing considerable dissatisfaction in the district? If he cannot get anyone to take it on as a sub-post office why does he not open a post office, and staff it with permanent postal officials?
§ 16. Mr. Lipson
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will in future consult the appropriate local authority 474 before deciding to close a sub-post office in its area.
§ Mr. Lipson
Is my hon. Friend aware that my Question does not refer to the matter of responsibility? I asked whether he would not consult local authorities. Surely, they have the right to be consulted on a matter which affects them?
§ Mr. Butcher
Does my hon. Friend really suggest that this public service opens and closes offices without consultation with anybody?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
Is not the local authority really the best body through whom the voices of the electors can be heard? Will the Minister therefore give an undertaking to get into touch with the local authorities when these matters come up?
§ Mr. Lipson
In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I give notice that I intend to raise this matter on the Adjournment.