Parcels Service (Northern Ireland)

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Postmaster-General if he will take steps to improve the parcel post service between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

Dr. Hill:

Improvements have been made in this service during the past few years. We are doing our best to maintain it at a high standard, though from time to time abnormally high postings and staff shortages cause some delay.

Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the parcel post between these two parts of the United Kingdom at present is little short of a national scandal? Parcels rarely take less than three days and frequently over a week to reach their destination, and perishable goods frequently do perish. Furthermore, is my right hon. Friend aware that he is asking the public to pay more for what is a totally inadequate service, particularly for the business community of Northern Ireland which depends on it?

Dr. Hill:

I am really not aware of the kind of conditions to which my hon. Friend refers. Some two or three years ago it took two days for parcels posted in London to reach Belfast whereas now, I am advised, such parcels usually reach Belfast the next day. I do not pretend that the service is as satisfactory as we would wish it to be, but I suggest that my hon. Friend's statement is an exaggeration.