HC Deb 01 August 1951 vol 491 c1451
39. Commander Noble

asked the Postmaster-General why a copy of the Bucharest organ of the Information Bureau of the Communist and Workers Parties, dated 15th June, 1951, was received in London in a damaged parcel from New Zealand incorrectly addressed, and forwarded by his Mount Pleasant branch on 5th July, reference X10258; and what action he has taken.

Mr. Ness Edwards

Newspapers found to be undeliverable in the post have been used to a limited extent as protective material when damaged parcels have been re-packed. The use of the journal referred to in this case for this purpose was entirely fortuitous. Since, however, it is not practicable to discriminate in the selection of newspapers used for packing purposes, and the amount of ordinary packing material which would be required is small, I have arranged for the present practice to cease.

Commander Noble

Does the Minister's answer really mean that he went into the matter and found out exactly who put this paper into this parcel?

Mr. Ness Edwards

No, Sir, we were unable to discover which sorter did this.