Oral Answers to Questions — Opened Mail.

– in the House of Commons on 18th March 1942.

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Photo of Major Basil Peto Major Basil Peto , Birmingham King's Norton

asked the Postmaster-General why, in so many instances, people in all parts of the country are receiving letters and parcels in an open condition; and whether this is due to such letters and packages having been censored?

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

I am not aware that there are many instances in which letters and parcels are delivered open, but I will gladly look into any cases brought to my notice. The Censors seal any packages they open with a label indicating opening. Post Office staff have instructions to secure any packets which may have accidentally come open in the post, and the adhesive tape or labels used for the purpose state that the packets were found open and were officially secured by the Post Office.

Photo of Major Basil Peto Major Basil Peto , Birmingham King's Norton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that such things as cosmetics, cigarettes and other light articles which are not usually restricted are found opened, and that people all over the country are finding parcels of this class of goods opened and resealed?

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

There has been an increase in the number of packages which come open in the post, and that is due, I think, to the use of economy labels and to the relative shortage of proper packing materials. The Post Office does its best to secure these packages.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Has my right hon. Friend noticed the inferior gum which is used on envelopes and which comes unstuck as soon as it is licked?