HC Deb 31 October 1916 vol 86 cc1591-2W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has been made aware of the desire on the part of parents and relatives of soldiers that War Office news should not be conveyed to them by delivery telegrams between the hours of twelve midnight and seven in the morning, in view of the fact that the nervous strain on these relatives during these hours is very difficult to bear; and whether any arrangement could be made by him, at any rate in localities that asked for such arrangement, that telegrams would not be delivered between these or other hours?


As my hon. Friend suggests, some people do not want their telegrams delivered after midnight; but others are anxious for all telegrams, and especially important telegrams, to reach them as soon as possible. Unanimity in any locality is not to be expected, and generally it would be impracticable to discriminate between the two classes; but if my hon. Friend has any particular cases in mind, and would care to furnish me with details, I shall be glad to see what can be done.