HC Deb 28 November 1945 vol 416 cc1489-90W
Major Wyatt

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that periodicals and papers sent by post are taking four to five months to reach R.A.F. personnel in Paiforce; and whether he is satisfied that the parcel post service to this theatre is adequate.

Mr. Burke

Newspapers and parcels for Paiforce are despatched several times a month by sea to the Middle East and are forwarded thence overland. The transmission time of mails to the base has varied recently from 3 ½ to seven weeks, with an average of 4 ½ weeks. In general, the overall time from posting to delivery should be about six weeks. I am not aware of any special complaint of inadequacy of the parcel post service, which compares reasonably well with the service to other distant theatres. If my hon. and gallant Friend will let me have pai- ticulars of any parcels which have been delayed, I will have the matter investigated.