HC Deb 09 July 1883 vol 281 c800

asked the Postmaster General, Whether, in the new parcel post service, extra servants are to be employed in the carriage to rural districts; whether the present staff of messengers are not in many places quite able and willing to discharge the extra duty in consideration of the additional pay, their salaries being very small at present; and, whether, if the present messengers are employed, they are to be provided by the Government with the means of carriage, or are to provide it themselves?


Sir, in reply to the hon. Member, I may say that extra servants will be employed when necessary in the conveyance of parcels in the rural districts. In many places the messengers will be able to discharge the extra duty without assistance, and in all cases, where the circumstances warrant it, extra pay will be given. Where the present foot service is replaced by a mounted service, either an allowance to meet the expense will be made to the present messengers, or they will be transferred to another walk, and a mail cart service provided at the expense of the Government.