HC Deb 22 February 1881 vol 258 c1519

asked the Postmaster General, Whether the Post Office pays to strangers, on demand, postal notes presented by them; whether, in such cases, any, and, if so, what steps are taken to identify the holder; and, whether, as a matter of fact, and in the absence of any suspicious circumstances, such notes are, if in order, paid at once on demand?


Sir, when a postal order is presented to a postmaster for payment the regulations prescribe that he shall examine it carefully to satisfy himself that it is a genuine document, that he shall see that it has been made payable at his office, that the payee's name has been inserted in the body of the order, and that the person presenting it signs his name, whether he is the payee or not, in his presence. Should the postmaster be satisfied on all these points he cashes the order at once. Should he not, he suspends payment to make inquiry.