HC Deb 21 November 1968 vol 773 cc1503-4
1. Mr. William Price

asked the Postmaster-General how many letters are scrapped by the Post Office on an average day because of inadequate addresses.

The Postmaster-General (Mr. John Stonehouse)

Thanks to the skill of our sorters most of the inadequately addressed envelopes are delivered on time, but half a million a day are so badly addressed that they slow down the sorting. Half of them have to be given special attention. Few are destroyed because we go to great lengths to find the right address or, if this fails, to return them to the sender.

Mr. Price

Despite the small number that are apparently involved, would the Postmaster-General agree that the Post Office gets the blame for those that fail to reach their destination, and will he have another attempt at getting firms and individuals to address envelopes correctly?

Mr. Stonehouse

It is true that the Post Office sometimes gets the blame, whereas it ought to be addressed to the senders. We are doing our best, through publicity and posters, to get the senders to use correct addresses.

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