Forces' Air Mail

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 March 1945.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe 12:00, 28 March 1945

asked the Postmaster-General whether any decision has yet been reached regarding reduction in the cost of airmail letters to members of the Forces serving abroad.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Secretary of State for Air if, in view of the important part played by letters from home in maintaining the morale of troops overseas, he will make available to the Postmaster-General the aeroplanes required to enable him to extend to troops in the C.M.F. and M.E.F. the privilege of the Forces' 2d. air-letter recently instituted for troops in S.E.A.C., Ceylon and China.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

The postal concessions now in force to troops in the Far East, including the 2d. Forces letter, have been extended to the Central Mediterranean Force and the Middle East Force, including Gibraltar, Malta, Aden, Paiforce and East Africa.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Does that mean that postage is now 1½d.?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

Yes, for the one-ounce letter, which will go by air, the same way as for S.E.A.C. The other letters, which used to go for 6d., will go for 2d.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

On a point of Order. What about Question 30?

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

As soon as the Minister of Information arrives, I will call it.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is there any explanation of the non-arrival of the Minister?