HC Deb 14 December 1965 vol 722 cc260-1W
Mr. Francis Noel-Baker

asked the Postmaster-General what reply he has sent to the letter dated 1st December, 1965, from the hon. Member for Swindon; and what steps he proposes to take to improve the postal services to and from Swindon, particularly between Swindon and Bristol.

Mr. Benn

I have written to my hon. Friend today in reply to his letter of 1st December. My inquiries suggest that we are giving a good postal service between Swindon and Bristol, but the postal services generally have for some time not been as good as we should like largely because of staff shortages at some of our key offices. We are doing all we can to recruit more staff and after Christmas we shall, with British Railways, see what more can be done to speed up the transit of parcel mails.