HC Deb 18 December 1963 vol 686 cc1241-2
35. Mr. Oram

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the inadequate post office facilities in the Vicarage Lane area of East Ham; and what proposals he has to remedy the situation.

Mr. Mawby

I would agree that the distribution of post offices in this area is not as good as it might be. While I should not be justified in adding to their number, we will certainly consider altering their distribution as soon as a suitable opportunity occurs.

Mr. Oram

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, while I appreciate the consideration which he has already given to the question, the conditions and circumstances in the area are such as to warrant post office facilities in its own right and that it should not depend upon the fate of offices in neighbouring areas? Will the hon. Gentleman look into this aspect of the matter again?

Mr. Mawby

Yes. As the hon. Member knows, I have paid particular attention to the problem, and I had hoped at one point that we had found a suitable way out. I will certainly look at the matter again and see whether we cannot find a way round it.