Mr Ernest Bennett: If the train is an obsolete method, it is obsolete, because the mails are forwarded by train.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I am having inquiries made regarding the points raised relative to the installation of the conveyor at the Glasgow head post office and will write to the hon. Member in due course.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Everything in the Post Office is done in the least possible time.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I am aware of the use by the French postal authorities of a stamp cancelling impression relative to the protection of carrier pigeons. The requests for advertisement by postmark of good causes of all kinds are so numerous that to comply with all would be impracticable and compliance with any particular one would involve invidious discrimination. I regret, therefore, that I cannot see my way...
Mr Ernest Bennett: The estimated cost of restoration of the shilling telegram on Sunday is approximately £5,000 a year. The telephone fee is one penny if the telegram is dictated over a subscriber's rented line, or twopence if it is dictated over a public call office circuit.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The question of the abolition of the surcharge on Sunday telegrams and other points connected with it are under consideration at the present time.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The alteration to which my hon. Friend refers is part of a general scheme for the re-organisation of telegraph delivery in London. Residents in Highgate will stand to gain generally by the change as their telegrams will in future be delivered by motor-cycle, printing will take the place of handwriting on the delivered forms, and there will be an acceleration of service in the area, as a whole.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The responsibility for deciding on the nature of the language used in broadcast talks rests with the British Broadcasting Corporation, and my right hon. Friend does not propose to interfere with the Governors' discretion in this matter.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The telegraph service with India is conducted by a telegraph company and not by the Post Office. I am, however, making inquiry of the company concerned, and I will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as I receive their reply.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The provision of a Crown office to serve the Morden shopping centre has already been authorised and the office will be opened as soon as premises are available.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The number of auxiliary postmen on the 1st January, 1930, was 12,207, and the number on the same date this year was 12,344. These men are paid at rates which were fixed by the Industrial Court in 1927; and if they were paid at the maximum hourly rates of the corresponding established full-time postmen the cost would amount to £186,000 a year. As I informed the hon. Member in reply to his...
Mr Ernest Bennett: To both in varying degrees. Preference is given to regular ex-service men, and after that to non-regulars.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Not necessarily.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I am aware of the circumstances of this case. Mr. Page was dismissed for dishonest conduct and betting. I regret that it is not possible to offer Mr. Page further employment in the Post Office, or to furnish him with a clear certificate of character.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Mr. Page was dismissed for dishonest conduct as well as betting. Every postal officer knows perfectly well that betting is prohibited.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The adoption of this suggestion would be out of harmony with the resolution concerning the broadcasting service which was approved by a large majority of this House on the 22nd February, 1933.
Mr Ernest Bennett: indicated dissent.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The outstanding feature of these Estimates is the welcome announcement of the diminution in the charges for telephones. I have no doubt that the approval given to the proposal by this House will be cordially endorsed by the country to-morrow morning. Since that announcement a number of interesting points have been raised by various Members, and on the whole it has been an extremely pleasant...
Mr Ernest Bennett: The hon. Member may read into this report what he thinks. There were then in existence 10,000 insurance policies, which of course have continued since. In view of the facts the question of whether we are prepared to restart assurance, answers itself. I am very loth to say that any enterprise under the present Head of the Post Office and his exceedingly capable staff would not succeed, but I...
Mr Ernest Bennett: It is only a matter of spacing the hours. As regards the feeling about the men, which I share, and the opinion that it might cause them loss of work, I should like to say that as yet no men have been dismissed as a result of the scheme, and the Post Office, which as has been mentioned by the hon. Member opposite, is a very humane employer, does not dismiss its employés if it can possibly...