HC Deb 16 March 1960 vol 619 cc1271-2
3. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Postmaster-General if, in pursuance of better relations with the public, he will overhaul the structure of the Post Office ad- visory committees, providing an advisory committee for each head-postmaster's area, and exhibit the names of the members of such committees in the post offices within their areas.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. Reginald Bevins)

The structure of local advisory committees was last reviewed as recently as 1956 when 62 committees were in being. There are at present 188. I should like to see more.

If the right. hon. Gentleman will indicate what change in structure he has in mind I will gladly review the position.

Mr. Edwards

I am much obliged to the right hon. Gentleman for that very helpful reply. Does he not think that in these days, when the association of administration with the public is extremely desirable, in each head-postmaster's area there should be an advisory committee which would keep a contact between the public and the Post Office? Will he consider revising the whole structure along these lines?

Mr. Bevins

Yes, indeed I do, and I should be very happy to confer with the right hon. Gentleman as to what he has in mind.