HC Deb 24 January 1951 vol 483 c123
24. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Postmaster-General if he will make a further statement about the later postal collections and indicate which towns will enjoy these facilities.

Mr. Ness Edwards

Late evening collections have now been introduced in some 540 towns and will, I hope, be introduced in a further 100 or so by the end of January. Recruitment difficulties have yet to be overcome in some places, including London; and in a few others sickness has caused postponement of the date of introduction.

Wing Commander Bullus

Does the late collection apply to all the boxes in those towns and cities or only the central boxes?

Mr. Ness Edwards

There will be selected boxes.

Mr. Keeling

Does the Postmaster-General still hope to redeem his promise of later collections in London early in the new year?

Mr. Ness Edwards

As soon as we can get over the manpower difficulty in London and recruit the postmen we shall introduce it.