HC Deb 22 February 1856 vol 140 c1219

said, he begged to ask the hon. Gentleman the Secretary to the Treasury, whether any and what steps since the issuing of the Minute of the 10th of October, 1855, had been taken by the Government to facilitate and improve the postal and passenger communication between London and Dublin? Whether the hours of departure from and arrival at these cities respectively of the mails, and the time to be employed on the journey, had been decided on; whether any tenders for the performance of this service had been called for by the Government; whether any tenders for this service had been sent in to the Government; and what was the present state of the negotiations on this subject?


said, that some measures on the subject had been taken since the issuing of the Minute. He had received a deputation from the Chambers of Commerce of Dublin and Belfast, with a view of considering how far the hours it was intended to fix would be convenient with regard to Ireland. A form of tender was now being prepared according to the hours fixed on with the deputation, and when the tender was ready (which he hoped would be the case in a few days) it would be transmitted to in the railway companies.