HC Deb 13 December 1950 vol 482 cc167-8W
98. Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Postmaster-General whether it was with his permission that a letter addressed to a person, whose name and address have been communicated to him, was opened by the Customs authorities; and why this letter, which contained nothing dutiable but which was of an important and confidential nature, was detained by the Post Office for nearly a week before being re-posted.

Mr. Ness Edwards

The packet was submitted to the Customs and Excise authorities in accordance with the provisions of Section 18 of the Post Office Act of 1908. Exceptional pressure of work in the Customs Department prevented earlier examination.