HC Deb 30 June 1921 vol 143 c2368W

asked the Postmaster-General whether the European mail by the steamer "Serbino" for East Africa, arrived damaged by fire and water; and, if so, the causes and what public announcement has been made to the senders?


A report has been received that the mails for East Africa were damaged by fire while lying in a lighter alongside the steamship "Serbino" at Aden on the 5th of May last; but no definite information has yet been obtained as to the cause of the fire. It is hoped that the loss will prove to be comparatively slight. The available information is at present too meagre for any useful public notice to be issued for the information of senders.