HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc250-1W
135. Wing-Commander Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the long delay, amounting in some cases to four months, in receiving mail from His Majesty's Forces in Japan; what are the reasons for this delay; and whether he will take steps to ensure a more speedy mail service to and from His Majesty's Forces in this area.

Mr. Bellenger

Direct sailings to and from Japan are infrequent but we have now arranged for outward surface mails, except parcels, to go via the United States and are opening negotiations for the same route for homeward mails. This route should give a maximum time of 47 days. Air mail now takes 14 days but I hope this will drop to 12 or 13 days.