HC Deb 04 July 1951 vol 489 cc2294-5
12. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Postmaster-General why a change has been made in Post Office envelope Type 266 to Type 266a when the latter is more expensive to produce, cannot be opened by machine, and requires considerable maintenance.

Mr. Ness Edwards

The new type of envelope was introduced to give more adequate security to the money order, postal order and pension order accounts sent from post offices to the Accounting Department. After withdrawal of the contents these envelopes are re-issued for use over and over again until they are worn out, and it is expected that the longer life of the new type of envelope will justify its higher cost.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of the users consider this an unnecessary extravagance at this particular moment?

Mr. Ness Edwards

This matter has been under investigation by the Organisation and Methods Branch of my Department, and they came to the conclusion that this represents not only a saving but greater security.