§ 65. General Sir George Jeffreys
asked the Postmaster-General for what reasons Bentley and Grayshott parishes in the county of Hampshire have as their post-town Farnham, so that letters have to be addressed Farnham, Surrey; whether he is aware of the confusion so caused as these parishes are, for all local government, local taxation and police purposes, in the county of Hampshire; and whether he will cause Hampshire post-towns to be substituted for Farnham in these cases.
§ Mr. Wilfred Paling
The post-towns for Bentley and Grayshott are Farnham and Hindhead, respectively, because this arrangement has been considered to be in the best postal interests of the residents. I am not aware that the present postal arrangements for the areas concerned cause any confusion or inconvenience. The position is being reviewed and I will write to the hon. and gallant Member as soon as possible.
§ Sir G. Jeffreys
Will the right hon. Gentleman take it from me that it has caused confusion? Is he aware that the Ministry of Fuel and Power caused these parishes to be put into the region of Tunbridge Wells for their purposes—they hardly know where Tunbridge Wells is—and will he consider, first, the convenience of the inhabitants rather than the convenience of the Post Office.
§ Mr. Nicholson
While not accepting my hon. and gallant Friend's estimate of the intelligence of his constituents—I am rather hurt by this Question—I have the honour to be associated with Farnham, and surely Farnham—
§ Mr. Keeling
Is the Postmaster-General aware that the confusion in Farnham is nothing compared with the confusion in Twickenham, which is in no less than eight different postal areas?