§ Mr. Joseph Slater
The staffing position on the postal side has much improved since I replied to the hon. Gentleman on 15th December. My inquiries do not indicate that any general difficulty is being caused in this area by either the postal or telephone service. If the hon. Gentleman will let me have details of any particular cases, I shall gladly look into the matter.
§ Mr. Royle
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that an endless number of letters come in weekly with complaints about the postal services in both Richmond and Barnes? Only today I had a letter from a constituent who told me that it took 407 40 hours to get a letter delivered 300 yards away from the box where it was posted. What is the hon. Gentleman doing to deal with this sort of situation?
§ Mr. Slater
Apart from complaints made by one firm, we have no evidence of any serious loss of letters in the Richmond area.