HC Deb 06 July 1949 vol 466 cc2138-9
57. Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

asked the Postmaster-General what is now the average period spent by surface mail between the United Kingdom and Cyprus.

Mr. Wilfred Paling

The most recent average transit times of which particulars are available are 25 days for letter and parcel mails, but I hope that an alternative route recently introduced for letter mails will reduce this time by more than half.

Lieut.-Commander Braithwaite

If I send to the Postmaster-General a statement from an authoritative source in Cyprus complaining that there have recently been delays of seven weeks—that is between the United Kingdom and Cyprus—owing to mails being casually embarked on slow cargo ships, would he be good enough to look into it.

Mr. Paling

Certainly, Sir.