HC Deb 16 December 1959 vol 615 cc1422-3
7. Mr. McKay

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the complaints about the cancellation of Bank Holiday deliveries and the increased charges for all sorts of Post Office services; and if he will make efforts to improve this position.

Miss Pike

There have been few recent complaints about these changes. I will always do my best to improve matters, but I can hold out no hope of a general restoration of Bank Holiday deliveries or reduction in charges. It is more than two years since any Post Office charge was increased.

Mr. McKay

Does not the Minister consider that the Department ought to fall into line with the views of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is anxious to have prices reduced? Can she not make an example in the Post Office to show what can be done?

Miss Pike

We are doing everything we can to ensure that the Department is run on an economic and commercial basis.

Mr. Ness Edwards

Is not the Minister aware that the largest profit ever made in the history of the Post Office was made last year? Is it not about time that the Post Office looked at these charges, particularly the telephone charges, which are far too high having regard to the profit made on the telephone service?

Miss Pike

I can assure the right hon. Gentleman that everything is under examination.