HC Deb 23 July 1963 vol 681 cc1252-3
13. Mr. Webster

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will reconsider his decision on the resiting of the Walton St. Mary sub-post office, Clevedon.

Mr. Mawby

We have reconsidered this matter carefully but I regret that we should not be justified in reversing the decision.

Mr. Webster

Is my hon. Friend aware that the situation of the sub-post office, which necessitates a walk up a very steep hill during winter weather and at other times, is causing hardship for old people collecting their pensions but will also cause danger if we have another winter like the last one? Will he reconsider the matter?

Mr. Mawby

As I told my hon. Friend, we have reconsidered this matter. It is important to remember that a sub-postmaster runs his business on an agency basis. When the previous sub-postmaster gave notice of termination of his office, we naturally invited applicants, and we believe that the present sub-postmaster and the present facilities will give better service than hitherto. That is the reason why we took this decision.