London Airport (Mail Bag Security)

Oral Answers to Questions — Post Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th July 1968.

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Photo of Mr Ronald Russell Mr Ronald Russell , Wembley South 12:00 am, 25th July 1968

asked the Postmaster-General what plans he has for improving the security of mail bags, especially those containing registered mail, while they are in transit at London Airport.

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

The safe passage of mail through Heathrow Airport is a matter which receives constant attention jointly from the Post Office and the air carriers. I am sure the House would not expect me to divulge any information about either our present security arrangements or our plans for improving them.

Photo of Mr Ronald Russell Mr Ronald Russell , Wembley South

While appreciating the last part of the reply, may I ask the Assistant Postmaster-General whether he is aware that there have been a number of thefts, particularly of registered bags, which apparently are separately marked and easy to find? Will he look into that aspect of the problem?

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

The loss of mail is a matter of great concern to my right hon. Friend and myself and we have plans for improving our security arrangements, but I emphasise that none of the losses which have received such wide publicity over the last year or so occurred while the mail was in Post Office custody.