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Thursday, 6 May 1915

Mr SPENCE - It does not follow from what the right honorable member has said that there is anything wrong with this end of the service. I shall obtain for the Leader of the Opposition' detailed particulars regarding the system that is adopted. There has been the most complete co-operation between the Postal Department and the Department of Defence.

Mr JOSEPH COOK - I -wish to ask the Postmaster-General what has become of the suggestion that I made to the Acting Prime Minister many weeks agothat he should make one of the postal officials with the Expeditionary Forces, then in Egypt, responsible for the proper distribution of letters amongst. the troops, and should require him to place himself in close and intimate relation with the Egyptian Postal Department. Has anything been done in that direction ?

Mr SPENCE - The matter is one for the Department of Defence, and I believe it has made complete arrangements for the distribution of letters. The Department has been utilizing the services of experienced postal officers who are members of the Expeditionary Forces. I think that the point raised by the right honorable member has been attended to by- the Defence Department. There are some 2.00 or 300 postal officials in the Expeditionary Forces, and their services are being utilized for this special kind of work.

Mr JOSEPH COOK - Will the Assistant Minister of Defence, after conferring with the Postmaster-General, if he cares to do- so, inform the House in detail to-morrow precisely what steps are adopted to insure the delivery of letters to the troops.

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