HC Deb 16 October 1945 vol 414 c942W
Major Symonds

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he is aware of the delay in delivery of mail sent by relatives in this country to recovered prisoners of war in the Far East; and if he will ensure that all such mail is given priority delivery by air.

Mr. Burke

Shortly after the cessation of hostilities, correspondence for liberated prisoners of war and civilian internees was specially despatched by air from this country to the Far East with a view to its delivery by the military representatives who were first sent to make contact with the camps. The public were warned of the difficulties which might be expected in effecting delivery, but I understand that in fact a high proportion of this, correspondence reached the addressees. Subsequently, prisoners of war were allowed to send a free telegram which included an accommodation address to which future correspondence might be despatched by air for delivery en route to the ships conveying the repatriates to this country. In each case, the correspondence has been given the most expeditious transmission possible.