Oral Answers to Questions — Near and Middle East (Service Men's Remittances).

– in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the high charges for sending money orders to service men stationed in the Near and Middle East; and whether he can arrange for a reduction in these charges?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

There is no money order service available to His Majesty's Forces in the Near and Middle East. Remittances can, however, be made by postal orders, the charges for which are at the ordinary inland rates. Postal orders are encashable at any Army Post Office, at certain civil Post Offices, or if necessary by the commanding officer of the addressee's unit.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it costs 7s. 9d. to send 10s. to the troops in Malta and 13s. 9d. to send £3?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

I do not think it can cost as much as that because the poundage rates for postal orders are the same as in this country and they can be transmitted by post in the ordinary way.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

But suppose they have to be sent hurriedly by telegraph?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

My hon. Friend is referring to telegraph charges with which the Question did not deal. I will inquire into that and communicate with him.