Letter Despatches

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1952.

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Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham 12:00 am, 17th July 1952

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the last regular collection of letters from any Government Department is at 6.30 p.m., with the result that many letters, including letters to hon. Members, are not despatched until the day after they are signed; and whether he will draw the attention of Departments to the availability of later post office collections.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I am satisfied that Departments are aware that the late evening collections from street posting boxes in London can be used for urgent letters signed after the last regular collection from Government offices.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

Is my hon. Friend aware that the system universally in use among Government Departments automatically delays many Government letters for a day? If it is a good thing to expedite business letters by later collections, would it not be a good thing to use them to expedite Government letters or does my hon. Friend think it would be a bad thing?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The question of the expedition of letters from Government Departments is a matter for the Ministers responsible for the Departments concerned. I am satisfied that they are aware of the facilities.