Greetings Telegrams, Korea

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 Christopher Hollis Mr Christopher Hollis , Devizes 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

asked the Postmaster-General why the cheap rate for greetings telegrams from Korea was withdrawn from British soldiers 12 hours after it had been instituted.

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

The notification to Korea was premature, but the special service of expeditionary Forces' messages from troops in Korea was, in fact, authorised a few days ago. The corresponding service from this country to Korea will be introduced next Monday.

Photo of Mr Christopher Hollis Mr Christopher Hollis , Devizes

Does that mean that the notification was premature? Does it mean that troops were told that they could have greeting telegrams when, in fact, they could not? Is this not one of a large number of very serious errors on the part of the right hon. Gentleman?

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

One can understand the sort of conditions under which people are having to work in Korea, and we should not unduly complain about faults of this kind in such circumstances.