HC Deb 23 March 1955 vol 538 c2057
14. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General why letters in the Smallwood, Cheshire, area do not arrive until 10.40 a.m. first post.

Sir. E. Boyle

Smallwood is a rural area which has hitherto relied on two part-time postmen for the delivery of its letters. Both recently resigned, and the delivery has had to be reorganised, using a motor van. The present delivery times are not out of line with those in other comparable areas; but if, as a result of inquiries which are being made, it is found that they can be improved without too much expense, this will be done.

Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

Is my hon. Friend aware that the service was infinitely better before the war? Is not this typical of any nationalised industry or State monopoly—worse service at increased cost?