HC Deb 23 June 1948 vol 452 c1350
42. Mr. Digby

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the irregularities and delay in the air mail service to East and Central Africa; and what planes are being used to carry this mail.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. Wilfred Paling)

I am not aware of any serious irregularity or delay on these services, but if the hon. Member will let me have particulars I will gladly have inquiry made. The mails are conveyed by the scheduled services of B.O.A.C. and South African Airways, and for destinations off the trunk routes by local air services.

Mr. Digby

Is the Postmaster-General aware that it often takes about a month for an air mail letter to be delivered, which is about the same time as it takes to send a letter by sea, and that it makes the extra charge appear quite ridiculous?

Mr. Paling

I am not aware of that but if the hon. Member has any information on the matter I shall be glad to have it.