HC Deb 21 January 1953 vol 510 c187
6. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General how many letters posted by hon. Members passed through the House of Commons Post Office in 1952.

Mr. Gammans

The total numbers of letters posted in the post-boxes of the Palace of Westminster in 1952 was of the order of 2½ million. It is not possible to say how many of these were posted by, or on account of, hon. Members.

Brigadier Medlicott

Does this figure not indicate industry on the part of hon. Members and is it not also a reminder of what we owe to the staff of the Post Office here for the efficient and smooth way they handle our correspondence?

Mr. Gammans

I am grateful to my hon. and gallant Friend for his tribute to the Post Office; but there are other people as well as hon. Members who use the post-boxes and the House of Commons post office.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is not this increased correspondence of hon. Members also an indication of the extent to which public dissatisfaction with the present Government is growing?

Mr. Gammans

The hon. and gallant Member should be careful about that. If I looked up the figures I might find that they were greater in the time of the last Government.

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