Rhodesian Mails

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 Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice 12:00 am, 25th July 1968

asked the Postmaster-General how many parcels, packets and letters from Rhodesia have been opened since 14th June.

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

Existing Regulations require the Post Office to open any postal packet coming in from abroad at the request of H.M. Customs. Since the coming into operation of the Rhodesia Sanctions Order all mails received by sea or air from Rhodesia have immediately been made available to the Customs authority for examination.

Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice

Does that reply mean that all letters from Rhodesia are now being opened, or can be opened, by the Customs in order to extract information? While the Government deny censorship, is not this expressly that?

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

The simple answer is that all mails arriving from Rhodesia are immediately made available to Her Majesty's Customs for examination.

Photo of Sir Knox Cunningham Sir Knox Cunningham , South Antrim

Can the hon. Gentleman say how much additional cost this will be over a year?

Photo of Mr Joseph Slater Mr Joseph Slater , Sedgefield

Additional cost to whom?

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. A Minister does not ask questions; he answers them.