§ Mr. SPENCE
asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the post office pillar boxes east and south of the village 1181W of Chirnside, Berwickshire, are not cleared in the morning for the first mail; and, as this is of great inconvenience to the business community and general public, who have expressed their desire by petition to the parish council, will he inquire into the matter and have the clearances made for the early mail?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
The letter boxes to which the hon. Member refers are at present cleared three times daily, at about noon, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. I regret that it would not be practicable to arrange for an additional collection in the early morning except at expense which would not be justified by the number of letters likely to be benefited. Later posting facilities for the morning despatch are available at the village post office, which is about 10 minutes' walk from the more distant box.