HC Deb 18 April 1929 vol 227 cc428-9W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that in one of the outbuildings of the Mount Pleasant sorting office members of the staff had narrow escapes from injury owing to the fall of a portion of the glass roof during the gale which raged on 16th November last, and that as a result the staff was immediately transferred to the main building and the assistant controller promised that they would not be again employed in the building until it had been certified as structurally safe; whether he is aware that on 21st November the staff were informed that repairs had been completed and the building rendered safe, and they again took up their duties therein, and on 23rd November another portion of the roof fell in, several postmen having narrow escapes from injury; and will instructions be given that the staff are not to be employed in buildings which are structurally unsafe, and with particular reference to this building?

Viscount WOLMER

I am aware that during the exceptional gales on the dates mentioned some masonry was blown off a chimney and fell through a glass roof at Mount Pleasant. The outbuildings in question will be evacuated next week to make room for the new sorting office to be erected on the site. Every precaution possible is taken to ensure the safety of staff in Post Office buildings.