HC Deb 26 January 1955 vol 536 cc137-8
30 and 31. Sir L. Plummer

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General (1) by whose authority it was that a poster advertising the Saffron Walden Conservative Association was exhibited in the window of the Great Yeldham Post Office on 6th January, 1954;

(2) whether he will give instructions to postmasters forbidding the displays in or outside post offices of political notices, posters and the like.

Mr. Gammans

The only incident I can trace occurred in early January, 1955, not 1954. The sub-postmaster of Great Yeldham posted a hand-drawn notice advertising a whist drive to be held under the auspices of the local Conservative association. This is technically contrary to the rules, but it is fair to point out that in the past the sub-postmaster has advertised in the same way similar functions organised by the Labour Party without anyone objecting. The sub-postmaster has been told that in future he must not assist either political party in this way.

Sir L. Plummer

Does the Assistant Postmaster-General realise that in this area, as a result of the Government's agricultural policy, the right hon. Gentleman who represents the seat is in some political danger, and that there is a great deal of Conservative activity as a result? I hope the hon. Gentleman will make it absolutely clear that, in their desperation, the local Conservatives must not abuse the facilities of the local post office.

Mr. Gammans

If the sitting Member for that particular area is in danger, then I can assure the hon. Gentleman that the postmaster of Great Yeldham will not be able to help him keep his seat.