HC Deb 08 July 1867 vol 188 cc1190-1

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he is aware of the exceptional inconvenience caused by the Post Office arrangements in the populous districts near the boundary of the twelve-mile circle of the metropolis, which are the only places in England in which letters must be posted early on Saturday evening in order to leave London by the morning mails of Monday—whether it would not be practicable to establish at these offices an early collection for the morning mails, at least on Mondays; and, for what reason the usual information regarding the northeastern district of the metropolis has been excluded from recent editions of the British Postal Guide?


said, he understood the hon. Member to mean by "places near the boundary" places immediately within the boundary, and there the inconvenience to which he referred resulted from geographical position, for there was no Sunday postal service in the metropolitan districts. If the accommodation asked for were provided the Post Office would either have to be opened on Sunday, or the officials would have to be at work at about two or three o'clock on Monday morning. Exceptions to the rule were made in certain cases where there was a strong wish on the part of the inhabitants; and if the hon. Member would confer with him he would see if anything could be done in the matter. With regard to the second part of the Question, there had been an amalgamation of certain districts, and he believed the whole of the information was given in the Postal Guide.