HC Deb 23 July 1952 vol 504 c527
42. Lieut.-Commander Maydon

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what are the regulations concerning the use of telephone poles for advertising; and what recent prosecutions there have been for the infringement of these regulations.

Mr. Gammans

Fixing advertisements, notices, etc., on telephone poles without authority is prohibited by Section 62 of the Post Office Act, 1908. There have been no recent prosecutions for offences against this Section.

Lieut.-Commander Maydon

Is my hon. Friend aware that on 5th July last there was a political meeting held at Portishead, in Somerset, and that this meeting, which was attended by the right hon. Member for Leeds, South (Mr. Gaitskell), was advertised on a telegraph pole close to Failand?

Mr. Gammans

I am aware of that incident and, as is normal in cases of this sort, a letter was sent by the local regional director of the Post Office to the secretary of the Labour Party. A reply was received giving an assurance that this poster was not affixed by the party and offering to help in any way they could to remove it.

Mr. Gaitskell

Is the Minister aware that it was a very successful meeting?