§ 2. Mr. Janner
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that letters posted at the General Post Office in Leicester at 6 p.m. showing the 7.30 p.m. postmark at Leicester do not reach Bacup in Lancashire for two days, despite the fact that they arrived by the first post the following morning for a couple of months after a complaint last June to the right hon. Gentleman by the Member of Parliament for the West Leicester Division; and whether he will take' steps to ensure that business is not obstructed through delay in the postal services.
§ Mr. Wilfred Paling
Letters for Bacup posted at the General Post Office in Leicester up to 7.30 p.m. on weekdays should be delivered by first post on the following weekday. Unfortunately, failures have occurred, and I much regret the inconvenience and annoyance occasioned to both the sender and the recipient of the letters which have suffered delay. There has been a further review of the circulation arrangements for correspondence from Leicester to Bacup, and I trust there will be no further cause for complaint.
§ Mr, Janner
Whilst thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, in view of the fact that, although my right hon. Friend successfully attended to this particular matter in June, the difficulties recurred in September, may I ask would he be good enough to consider sending these parcels by the line which goes direct from Leicester to Bury instead of passing them through Crewe, where there are such considerable difficulties?
§ Mr. Paling
I have said that the matter is being attended to, and I think that is one of the things being considered.
§ Mr. Erroll
As the matter is being attended to, can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the exhortatory circular issued to all employees in post offices has anything to do with it?