§ Viscount ELVEDEN
asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Whitley Committee for the Southend-on-Sea area has passed a resolution, agreed to by both official and staff sides, expressing the opinion that the present accommodation at Southend-on-Sea is insufficient and conducive to discomfort and difficulty, and urging that the Department be requested to take early steps to effect improvement in that direction; and whether, in view of the congestion, which inconveniences both the public and the staff, he will have the matter treated as one of urgency?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
I have seen this resolution. The question of providing improved accommodation for the Head Post Office at Southend-on-Sea has long been under consideration; but the matter had, of course, to be deferred during the War, and, in view of the present financial situation and the heavy arrears of Post Office building schemes, it is feared that it will be some considerable time before a solution of the difficulty can be effected. The possibility of effecting some improvement within the limits of the present building, however, is being closely examined.