§ 19. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
asked the Postmaster-General whether he will take further steps to ensure adequate protection of mail vans.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Lipton
Is it right that a driver should be sent alone with a mail van containing substantial sums of currency, as seems to be the case in view of what happened last week?
It is right and necessary on certain occasions that the driver should be alone. In order to get this matter in perspective, it should be recognised that 1829 although there are 13,000 vehicles doing about 185 million miles a year, the number of mail van thefts last year was eight and the number so far this year has been five.
§ Mr. Daines
Surely the right hon. Gentleman should give an assurance to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton) that not only should there be a driver and mate but also a third man.
§ Mr. S. Silverman
In view of the apparent inability of the Postmaster-General to answer the Question of my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton), can he at least assure the House that security in these matters is not in the hands of the Foreign Office.