Eltham

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West 12:00 am, 30th November 1966

asked the Postmaster-General why letters sent by residents in the Eltham area of the London Borough of Greenwich to other residents in the area are cleared through the Catford office.

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

To reduce costs. This concentration of work on Catford is part of a wider scheme to reduce sorting work at a large number of offices in London.

Photo of Mr William Hamling Mr William Hamling , Woolwich West

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is some dissatisfaction with the loss of service caused by this change? How much saving has been effected?

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

The saving is£10,000 a year. The action which we have taken has not worsened the service. In accordance with the policy announced by my right hon. Friend in August last year, in order to reduce costs and save manpower, a number of deliveries and collections in Eltham were reduced in May of this year.