HC Deb 02 March 1955 vol 537 c282W
97. Mr. Murray

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he is aware of the distress among inhabitants in the Falkland Islands owing to the delay in the delivery of mail from the United Kingdom; if he is aware that although L. N. P. Machell, of 3, Lister Terrace, Crook, County Durham, wrote to friends on 6th August, 7th October, and 5th November, 1954, these mails did not arrive at Port Stanley until just before Christmas; that for over three months inhabitants of these islands had no United Kingdom mail; and if he will take steps to improve this state of affairs and thus help this isolated community from suffering hardship.

Mr. Gammans

The hon. Member has been good enough to send me details of this complaint, and I shall be writing to him about it very shortly. Meanwhile I can assure him that the circumstances which led to some delay in delivery of surface mail to the Falkland Islands in the autumn of last year were quite exceptional and are not likely to be repeated.