HC Deb 30 April 1958 vol 587 c369
34. Mr. J. Howard

asked the Postmaster-General if he will arrange a second postal delivery on Saturdays to hotels in Southampton, in view of the fact that the hotel industry has a seven-day working week.

Mr. Marples

No, Sir; in this respect I cannot treat Southampton any differently from other towns. Correspondence formerly delivered by the second post on Saturday is available to people who need it if they call at the post office.

Mr. Howard

Will my right hon. Friend look into the particular case of Southampton, which is a port where visitors to the hotels are, largely, people passing through the port as travellers who stay only one night? It is extremely difficult to notify cancellations, particularly over Bank Holiday week-ends. Will my right hon. Friend look at the matter again to see whether some additional arrangement could be made?

Mr. Marples

I honestly cannot promise that one could treat South-hampton differently from other places, because its hotels would be placed in a more advantageous position thereby, which would not, on the whole, I think, be fair.