HC Deb 21 November 1956 vol 560 c1716
2. Mr. Lewis

asked the Postmaster-General what action he has taken during the past few weeks to deal with the delivery of the additional amount of mail to 10, Downing Street, S.W.1; whether he will state the extra amount of staff and/or man-hours put on to the sorting and delivery of this mail; and whether he will give an estimate of the percentage of increase of mail compared with last May.

The Postmaster-General (Dr. Charles Hill)

No special measures were necessary. An organisation which delivers over 30 million letters a day can face with equanimity temporary increases in individual deliveries, whether to the Prime Minister or to the hon. Member for West Ham. North (Mr. Lewis).

Mr. Lewis

While thanking the Postmaster-General for that reply, may I ask him whether we can therefore feel sure that there have been no protests from the postmen concerned about the added mail which has arisen as a result of the protests about the Government's action in Suez?

Dr. Hill

I am not responsible for the contents of the mail the Post Office delivers but only for its speedy and efficient transit.

Captain Pilkington

Does this interest by the hon. Member for West Ham, North (Mr. Lewis) in No. 10, Downing Street mean that one day he hopes to go there?

Hon. Members

Why not?