HC Deb 29 November 1972 vol 847 c409
20. Mr. Hardy

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will give a general direction to the Post Office to ensure that the names of parishes and townships are included in the postal addresses which they recommend.

Sir J. Eden

No, Sir. The form of postal addresses is a matter for the Post Office.

Mr. Hardy

That is disappointing. Does not the right hon. Gentleman feel that local pride and regard for one's community should be encouraged? If he does, will he ask the Post Office to approve the inclusion in the postal address of the name of the village or parish, with particular reference to the village of Orgreave, which is near to, but not part of Sheffield?

Sir J. Eden

There need be no difficulty about that. There is some misunderstanding, I think, in view of the guidance notes which have gone out from the Post Office. If people wish to include the name of their village or parish in the address there is no reason why they should not. The Post Office has made clear the minimum requirement for an efficient postal service. If people wish to put the name "Orgreave" in the address, they may do so provided that they also put "Woodhouse Mill, Sheffield".