Parcels and Letters (Losses).

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office. – in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Wootton-Davies Mr James Wootton-Davies , Heywood and Radcliffe

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware of the large volume of losses, both of parcels and letters, in the post; and what steps he has taken to restrict this loss to the public?

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

The volume of losses in the post is infinitesimal in relation to the traffic, but has increased as a result of war-time conditions. For a considerable time past the matter has received close attention and all practicable steps towards prevention are being taken by the Post Office. In appropriate cases the co-operation of the railway police and the various local police forces is obtained.

Photo of Mr James Wootton-Davies Mr James Wootton-Davies , Heywood and Radcliffe

Can my right hon. Friend give any information as to the actual increase in the losses over the last three years?

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

I cannot give my hon. Friend comparative figures without notice. The loss already made is something in the nature of 002 per cent.