British Railways (Conveyance of Mails)

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

asked the Postmaster-General how many times during the last 12 months he has made representations to British Railways about unsatisfactory service to his Department.

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

The Post Office and British Railways are in the closest regular contact at all levels to ensure that the most satisfactory arrangements are made for the conveyance of mails by rail. Representations are made either in writing or orally as circumstances require, but a numerical record is not maintained.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied about the results of his representations, or has he given up nationalisation as hopeless?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

No, Sir, I am not satisfied with the consequences of the representations we have made, but I am sure that the railways are making every effort in these difficult times.

Photo of Mr James Harrison Mr James Harrison , Nottingham East

Will my right hon. Friend refute entirely the inference in the question that the overall service given by British Transport is unsatisfactory in this respect?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

If anything it is an improvement on the old system.