HC Deb 06 March 1957 vol 566 cc70-1W
109. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Postmaster-General what has been the average delay in the transmission of mail from the United States of America to this country during the last three months; and what information he has as to the outlook for the future.

Mr. Marples

The transit time of mail from the U.S.A. to this country varies considerably: apart from exceptional features such as the recent dock strike in American ports, typical transit times vary from six to sixteen days. I cannot make any firm statement about the future since the responsibility for the routing of these mails rests with the United States Post Office; but if my hon. Friend would let me have details of any cases of delay, apart from those arising from the recent dock strike, I shall be glad to look into them and, if necessary, take them up with the U.S. Administration.