HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 c827
10. Brigadier Mackeson

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will give an estimate of the increase or decrease, expressed in percentage or in approximate numbers, of letters, post cards and other correspondence handled by his Department on behalf of Government Departments in July, 1938, and July, 1946, respectively.

Mr. Burke

As a measure of economy, running records of Government Departments' postings were discontinued in 1942, and they have not yet been reinstituted. On the basis of such data as is available, it is estimated that in July, 1946, the Post Office was carrying about 100 per cent. more correspondence for other Government Departments than in July, 1938.

Brigadier Mackeson

In view of the large increase, will the Assistant Postmaster-General consult his noble Friend with a view to asking Government Departments to reduce this appalling amount of red tape and correspondence which is cluttering up the country?