§ Captain Plugge
asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the blackout and the abridgement of activity after the failure of light, he will consider instructing post offices not to close for an hour at mid-day?
§ Mr. W. S. Morrison
Since the end of October, 1939, it has been the general practice to allow sub-post offices to close for a short period at mid-day, in order to alleviate the staffing difficulties that have arisen as a result of the war. So far as I am aware the arrangement has not given rise to any appreciable public inconvenience, and as the abolition of midday closing would cause severe hardship to sub-postmasters and their assistants, I should be most reluctant to withdraw the concession. The mid-day closure does not, of course, apply to head offices, branch offices and other Crown post offices.