asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the complaints regarding the last delivery of letters by the first post in Brentford, especially from the North and Midlands; whether he will investigate the whole system of postal deliveries in Brentford and consider giving Brentford the status of a head post office instead of making it a sub-post office of Richmond; and whether improvements are contemplated in the hours at which letters are collected at night in the area?
§ Major TRYON
The first delivery in Brentford is normally completed by 8.30 a.m. Letters from the North and Midlands are usually included in this delivery, but there have been occasional failures owing to the late running of the mail trains. Steps have been taken to minimise these failures. A revision of the 1343W postal services will be carried out early next year and a later final collection will be provided. The latest time of posting at the Brentford Post Office has already been advanced from 9.45 to 10.30 p.m. I am sorry that there is no case for making Brentford a head office, but such a change would not affect the postal services.