HC Deb 13 March 1871 vol 204 cc1868-9

said, that in the absence of Mr. Macfie he would beg to ask the Postmaster General, Whether he does not think it expedient, after the long experience, of the great advantage which the public derive from the use of Wall and Pillar Letter-boxes, now to withdraw the prohibition to post therein newspapers, books, and patterns; and, whether he does not think that some of the delays and irregularities for which the Post Office is blamed, are not justly attributable to the practice of dropping along with written correspondence other despatches which may be within the limits of size allowed by the aperture into the same box, in contravention of the present regulations?


, in reply, said, it was not expedient to permit wall and pillar letter-boxes to be used for the posting of newspapers, book, and patterns. If the present pillar posts were to be used for those purposes, they would obviously be too much encumbered. He was not aware of the delays or irregularities to which his hon. Friend alluded. But if there were any such delays or irregularities, they arose simply through disobeying directions which ought to be obeyed, and putting newspapers into pillar posts.