HC Deb 02 December 1959 vol 614 cc1175-6
42. Mr. Spriggs

asked the Postmaster-General if he is satisfied with the building programme so far as it affects the St. Helens, Lancashire, General Post Office; and whether, in view of the part played by the Post Office in the local and national economy, he will provide more money and ensure the general speeding-up of new buildings so far as St. Helens Post Office needs are concerned.

Miss Pike

I am anxious to provide better accommodation for the Post Office at St. Helens. The difficulty has been to obtain a suitable site on which to build. The matter is being actively pursued and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as I can say something definite.

Mr. Spriggs

I should like to take the opportunity to invite the Minister to visit St. Helens to make an on-the-spot examination of building requirements.

Miss Pike

I am sure that the hon. Member realises the difficulty of finding a suitable site in the middle of St. Helens. Our present difficulty is that the road improvements mean that we cannot extend our present site. We are doing everything we can to find a new site on which we can extend our post office.

Mr. W. R. Williams

When the hon. Lady accepts my hon. Friend's invitation to visit St. Helens, will she try to find out how the banks and insurance offices are finding the sites so readily?