Night Telegraph Letter Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1945.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale 12:00 am, 15th November 1945

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General when he expects to re-introduce the night telegraph letter service.

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

In spite of appeals to the public to telegraph less, the telegraph service is still carrying 40 per cent. more telegrams than before the war; and the staffing position, particularly during the later hours of the day when night telegraph letters were generally handed in, does not permit of the re-introduction of this service at present. It will be re-introduced as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Frederick Erroll Mr Frederick Erroll , Altrincham and Sale

Does the Minister realise that though the numbers represented are very small, before the war this service was of great value? Could he give us an assurance that he will re-introduce it as soon as possible?

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

Yes, I said that, but I would point out that the numbers had increased, at the time when this service was terminated, from 200,000 per year to 400,000.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Hackney Central

Can the Minister say whether this increase of 40 per cent. includes official telegrams?

Photo of Mr Wilfrid Burke Mr Wilfrid Burke , Burnley

I cannot answer that question without notice, but this increased traffic had to be dealt with.

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

In view of the fact that the Assistant Postmaster-General has once again referred to the shortages of staff, is he aware that he will have the full support of us all in pressing for speedier demobilisation?