HC Deb 04 May 1960 vol 622 cc1069-70
30. Mrs. Castle

asked the Postmaster-General what steps he is taking to bring to the attention of the public the fact that compensation will only be paid for loss of money in the post where that money is dispatched in the registered envelope specially provided by the Post Office for this purpose.

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Miss Mervyn Pike)

This information appears in notices about the registration service exhibited at all post offices, in the Post Office Guide, and on the back of the certificate of posting given to people who post registered packets. It is also given publicity from time to time in books of stamps and in Press and broadcast notices; and I am arranging for these means of publicity to be used more often especially at Christmas time. I also intend to have a special poster displayed at post offices.

Mrs. Castle

Is the hon. Lady aware that I am very grateful to her for the action which she has taken in this matter arising from a case in my constituency, in which a constituent of mine was not aware of this provision? I believe that a large number of the public are not aware of it, and I certainly was not. Could she make sure that supplementary means of publicity are used and that her poster, when it is produced, is very large and very clear?

Miss Pike

I am very glad to give the hon. Lady that assurance. I agree that this is a matter which should have the most widespread publicity possible.