HC Deb 05 February 1964 vol 688 cc165-6W
101. Mr. Chapman

asked the Postmaster-General in what circumstances the mailbags lost between Birmingham and Bedford in early January were found; on what date this occurred; and why the loss of those mailbags was not reported for several days.

Mr. Bevins

These bags were despatched from Sutton Coldfield and intended for Bedford. As the van containing them was found at Stockport on 30th Janunary it was obviously attached to the wrong train by the railways. If the disappearance had been reported sooner there is no guarantee that the van would have been found sooner. Nevertheless there was a delay and when I have finished my inquiries I shall consider taking disciplinary action.