§ Mr. GILBERT
asked the Postmaster-General the number of horse-drawn vans and the number of hand-barrows which are now employed in the London Postal Area; and if he will consider, in the interests of quick despatch and saving of labour, whether motor-driven vehicles can be used in place of this method of dealing with London postal work?
§ Mr. ILLINGWORTH
The number of horse-drawn vehicles in use for the con-606W veyance of mails in the London Postal Service is 625. Motor vehicles have been largely substituted for horse-drawn vehicles during recent years and this substitution is still proceeding. The number of hand-barrows is 1,104. Most of them are in use for part of the day only, and it is doubtful whether motor-driven vehicles could with advantage be substituted for any large number.