§ Lieut.-Colonel POWNALL
asked the postmaster-General the cause of the excessive delay in the parcel post between 415W England and France; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy the matter?
§ Mr. PEASE
Parcel mails are exchanged daily between England and France; and at present the time of transit of the mails ranges from two to four days. No delay occurs on this side in dealing with parcels for or from France; but the treatment of the parcels in France is understood to be slower than in ordinary times, as a result of transport difficulties, and, in the case of parcels for France, of Customs delays. Representations on the subject have already been made to the French Post Office, and I believe that the service is improving; but if the hon. and gallant Member can supply me with details of recent cases of excessive delay, I shall be glad to have enquiry made.