Mail Services, China (Suspension)

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr John Platts-Mills Mr John Platts-Mills , Finsbury 12:00 am, 27th July 1949

asked the Postmaster-General why his mail services to Manchuria and the provinces of North and Central China have been suspended.

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

Transport facilities have unfortunately ceased to be available.

Photo of Mr John Platts-Mills Mr John Platts-Mills , Finsbury

Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the real reason is not that the Americans asked the Government to cut off these communications? Is he not aware that, in fact, the American Government did cut off their communications just a bit before and it was reported that they asked our Government to agree to do the same? In face of that, can he assure us that that has nothing to do with the decision?

Photo of Mr Wilfred Paling Mr Wilfred Paling , Wentworth

The real reason is the one which I have just stated.

Photo of Mr Cecil Poole Mr Cecil Poole , Lichfield

Would my right hon. Friend consider appointing the hon. Member for Finsbury (Mr. Platts-Mills) as a courier to run between the two?