HC Deb 17 November 1964 vol 702 cc174-5
3. Sir C. Osborne

asked the Postmaster-General how many attacks have been made on Post Office workers during the past 12 months; if he is satisfied they get all the protection they need; what new steps he is proposing to take; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Benn

During the 12 months ended 30th September, 1964 there were 92 thefts or attempted thefts from Post Office staff in which some degree of violence was either used or threatened. While the present crime rate continues no one could be entirely satisfied with the amount of protection that can be given to staff; but we are constantly reviewing our protective measures to see whether they can be improved and this will continue.

I should like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the bravery so often shown by Post Office staff on these occasions.

Sir C. Osborne

May I ask the hon. Gentleman if the staff have made any representations to the Minister for greater protection, since some of these attacks in rural areas have been of a very brutal character, and do these workers feel that severer punishment would give them greater protection?

Mr. Benn

There have been discussions with the staff on this matter, and, obviously, they are concerned because of the risks which they run. I should like to express my gratitude to the hon. Gentleman for his continuing interest in this matter.

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