HC Deb 03 November 1954 vol 532 cc361-2
25. Mr. Hastings

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will arrange that all sub-post offices in country districts bear a notice stating the hours during which they are open to transact business, and also a letter box for posting letters within a reasonable distance of the office.

Mr. Gammans

There should be a letter box at or near every country sub-post office and they should all have notices showing their hours of opening.

If the hon. Member knows of any particular case where this is not so and will let me have details, I shall be glad to have inquiries made.

Mr. Hastings

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that some of these sub-post offices are in private houses, not shops, and people in the district have no idea when they can use these post offices and when they cannot?

Mr. Gammans

There should be a notice outside, and I am very surprised to hear these comments from the hon. Member.

36. Mr. Janner

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that householders at the Stocking Farm Estate, Leicester, who are almost entirely people with young children or old-age pensioners, are handicapped by the lack of a sub-post office on this estate, and if he will establish a sub-post office without delay.

Mr. Gammans

I am looking into this matter and will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Janner

When the hon. Gentleman is looking into the matter, will he bear in mind that this is a new estate where there are bungalows for aged people, and that it is really unfair to ask them to go to a public post office in order to collect their pension?

Mr. Gammans

All these considerations will be taken into account. It is because I felt that they required looking into more thoroughly that I gave the answer that I did.