§ 133. Lieut.-Colonel Kingsmill
asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that there is still a considerable delay in the delivery of mails between Ceylon and this country; and whether he can give an explanation of this delay.
§ Mr. Burke
As a consequence of, the general shipping position the conveyance of surface mails between this country and Ceylon is taking longer than in prewar days. Every available outlet is used. There was some delay to inward air mails from Ceylon earlier in the year owing to weather conditions, but there has since been an improvement, and during the three weeks ended 7th March the average transit times have been five days outward and seven days in the homeward direction.