HC Deb 23 February 1966 vol 725 c406
44. Mr. Eyre

asked the Postmaster-General what proposals he has for improving the quality of rainproof clothing issued to postmen.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Waterproof coats and leggings of a new style will shortly be introduced. Next year, new fabrics will come into use for these garments, which will then be lighter and stronger than the present ones.

Mr. Eyre

I appreciate the Minister's reply, but is he aware that there is great dissatisfaction with the present style of plastic raincoat because it is badly ventilated, it rips too easily, and the buttonholes soon pull out in normal use? Will he asure the House that the new form of raincoat will be of much more durable quality, having regard to these proper complaints?

Mr. Slater

I am surprised to hear the hon. Gentleman's observations about the present raincoats, for my information is that they are fully satisfactory for their primary purpose. They are waterproof. However, they are rather heavy and, P.V.C. being impervious, a good deal of internal condensation can be caused.