HC Deb 03 July 1919 vol 117 cc1203-4W

asked the Postmaster-General why sub-post offices are not subject to inspection and report by inspectors as to light, air, sanitation, and cleanliness; and when he proposes to appoint such inspectors, having in mind the serious effect upon the health of the general public and also of the persons employed therein by reason of the present condition of many such sub-post offices?


Scale payment sub-post offices, to which the hon. Member presumably refers, are conducted by persons who do not give their whole time to post office business and who provide accommodation for it in premises (mostly shops) used by them for other purposes as well. No sub-post office is established under such conditions unless the premises proposed are free from objection on sanitary grounds. I do not think it reasonable that the Post Office should institute a system of periodical inspection of premises not owned or leased by the Post Office which are used only in part, and often to a relatively small extent, for the transaction of post office business, but if the hon. Member will give me particulars of any case in which the condition of a sub-post office is, in his opinion, detrimental to health, I will have inquiry made.