HC Deb 07 March 1968 vol 760 cc631-2
22. Mr. A. Royle

asked the Postmaster-General if he will seek to make an ex-gratia payment to Mrs. C. J. Parker in compensation for the consequential loss of £114 suffered by the constituent of the hon. Member for Richmond, Surrey, due to devaluation and the misdelivery of a letter addressed to Mrs. Parker.

Mr. Joseph Slater

No, Sir. To do so would open the door to an unlimited compensation liability which we could not possibly take on.

Mr. Royle

Would the hon. Gentleman look at this again? Is he aware that my constituent has lost a large sum of money solely due to mismanagement of the economy by the Government, ending with devaluation, and the inefficiency of the Post Office in the misdelivery of a letter? Will he look at the matter again and provide an ex-gratia payment for my constituent?

Mr. Slater

I have gone into this matter, and I have looked at it again to see what could be done. I must point out, however, that we handle 35 million items every day and, although only a small percentage is mishandled, we could not pay compensation for every unregistered letter which was delayed.

Mr. Royle

In view of the thoroughly unsatisfactory nature of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall seek to raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity.