Armed Forces, Korea and Malaya (Parcels)

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 Eric Bullus Mr Eric Bullus , Wembley North 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

asked the Postmaster-General how many post-free Christmas parcels were sent to members of the Armed Services in Korea and Malaya, respectively, and what was the total cost to the Post Office.

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

The numbers of postage-free Christmas parcels sent by air to members of the Forces in the Korean operations and Malaya were 14,322 and 2,091, respectively; and the overall cost of the concession was of the order of £37,000, of which £1,000 was borne on Post Office account.

Photo of Mr Eric Bullus Mr Eric Bullus , Wembley North

Does the Postmaster-General agree that the general public observed the rule and that there was no abuse of this concession?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

There was amazingly little.

Photo of Sir Godfrey Nicholson Sir Godfrey Nicholson , Farnham

Has the right hon. Gentleman in mind the making of any further concessions for postage to the troops in Korea, particularly of printed matter?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

This is really a matter for the Minister of Defence. The cost is borne on the Ministry of Defence Vote, and perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put the question to my right hon. Friend.

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

The hon. Gentleman has now introduced a much wider question. It does not arise out of the Question on the Order Paper. which dealt only with Christmas mail.