HC Deb 15 February 1961 vol 634 c1378
7. Dr. Bennett

asked the Postmaster-General why a latter, whose cover has been forwarded to him, which was posted in time for the 4 p.m. collection at Hill Road, Porchester, on Sunday, 5th February, was not delivered in Conduit Street, London, W.1, until 3.40 p.m. on Monday, 6th February.

Miss Pike

This letter should have been delivered first post on Monday, 6th February. Enquiries have failed to establish the precise reason why it was delayed, but a shortage of staff in London, due to recruitment difficulties and influenza, may well have been a contributory factor. I am sorry about this failure of service and would assure my hon. Friend that we shall do our best to avoid a recurrence.

Dr. Bennett

While thanking my hon. Friend for her gallant apology for the service, may I ask whether she will be good enough to ascertain whether this kind of delay does not happen rather more often than just this one occasion?

Miss Pike

I do not wish to make excuses for the service, but we are doing our best to make it as efficient as possible