42. Mr. H. Wilson
asked the Postmaster-General when he expects to provide an adequate central post office for the new township of Kirkby, Lancashire.
§ The Postmaster-General (Mr. Ernest Marples)
There are at present three branch offices and two sub-post offices in Kirkby, and these meet requirements reasonably well. A new central post office will certainly be required when the new township has developed further. This project is still, however, at the planning stage, and I cannot yet fix the timetable.
As both the Postmaster-General and his hon. Friend the Assistant Postmaster-General have Merseyside constituencies, will he kindly arrange for one of them to look at the utterly inadequate conditions provided in the main post office in the area—and particularly at the facilities provided for the staff in cold weather? Will he also study the sickness rate arising from people being absent with colds as a result of those conditions?
§ Mr. Marples
I will certainly arrange for the post office to be looked at. I agree that the present facilities are inadequate, but when the new Crown office is built it will replace the present inadequate facilities.