§ 25. Mr. Holland
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the exchange of mails between post offices; and if he will make a statement.
§ Miss Pike
I think the time has come to take a general look at these arrangements to see whether, in particular, we can reduce the amount of handling and the number of transfers that some mails now get in transit.
This requires a detailed and practical examination and my right hon. Friend has, therefore, decided to set up a study group to go into these questions. The group will include representatives from outside industry with experience in this kind of problem as well as from the Post Office. We hope that it will be able to report in about six months' time.
§ Mr. Holland
I thank my hon. Friend for that most encouraging reply. May I ask whether the Post Office Staff Association will be represented on the group?
§ Mr. W. R. Williams
May I ask the hon. Lady whether the question of security is also involved in the study group which the Minister is proposing now? I should like some information about these very important people from outside who are being called into these joint consultations. What qualifications will they have?
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
Will consideration be given to the advisability of introducing more modern methods, such as electronic conveyors and that kind of thing?