§ Mr. GILBERT
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that there are many complaints of damage done to parcels conveyed by the parcel post service; whether the number of parcels conveyed by this service has recently increased; whether this Department are now employing as many men as in pre-war times; if not, will he consider as to employing ex-Service men who have served in the War; and will he have special instructions issued to the staff requesting them to treat all parcels with care, so as to ensure better condition on delivery?
§ Mr. PEASE
There has been no marked increase recently in the number of parcels conveyed by parcel post. So far as can be ascertained without special returns, there has been a slight decrease in the complaints received of damage to such parcels. It is a standing rule that officers of the Post Office are to treat all parcels with care. A large number of ex-soldiers are being admitted into the Post Office service, and vacancies are being filled as rapidly as possible.