The suggestion that the Post Office should be converted from a Government Department into a public corporation was first considered in the early 1930s. A committee was set up at that time under the chairmanship of Viscount Bridgeman ‘to enquire and report as to whether any changes in the constitution, status or system of organisation of the Post Office would be in the public interest’. The Committee’s report, published in August 1932, considered the possibility of transferring the functions of the Post Office to an independent public authority but rejected it in favour of more limited reforms.