HC Deb 26 April 1883 vol 278 cc1151-2

asked the Postmaster General, in view of the proposed alteration with regard to 6d. rates for telegrams, an alteration which it is computed will entail a loss of £170,000 a-year, What arrangements will be made in case of the rural post offices, where contracts have been signed under which the shillings at present paid in for telegrams are allowed to the guarantors of the annual sum paid to the Post Office Department; and, whether the guarantors of such sums will be secured from any share in the loss which it is calculated will be entailed on the revenues of the Department by the change in the telegraphic rates?


Sir, in reply to the hon. Member, I may state that I think it will be only fair that guarantors should not suffer any pecuniary loss from the proposed reduction of telegraphic charges; and they will not, therefore, be called upon to pay any more than the payment made in the last year, or the average payment of the three last years.