Postmaster-General

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

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Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

If the hon. Member is concerned with the situation which will arise when the Post Office is reorganised I would ask him to await the legislation which will be brought before the House in due course.

Photo of Mr Evelyn King Mr Evelyn King , South Dorset

As there have been three Postmasters-General in 23 months and one lasted only three months has not the Prime Minister some personal responsibility for this and will he consider obtaining responsible management for this great Department rather than using the post as a political prize?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

The hon. Member will, of course, be aware of the circumstances in which it became necessary to move my right hon. Friend the present Minister of Power, but surely the hon. Gentleman is not suggesting that the very long period we had up to 1964, under a then Postmaster-General whom the Conservatives since then have tried with some success to forget, was better than what has happened under this Government, and still less would justify the dozen Defence Ministers in 13 years.