HC Deb 23 May 1884 vol 288 c1180

asked the Postmaster General, To state the number of Protestants and the number of Roman Catholics employed in the Post Office at Portadown; whether he is aware that in that town there are about six thousand Protestants out of a total population of about eight thousand persons; whether he is aware that the officials employed inside the Post Office are, almost without exception, Roman Catholics; whether the Protestants are only employed as letter carriers; and, whether one Protestant only is employed in the Parcels Post?


I regret I cannot give the information asked for by the noble Lord. I have stated on previous occasions, when similar Questions have been addressed to me, that the Post Office makes no inquiry into the religious opinions of any of those whom it employs, and I think it would be most undesirable that such an inquiry should be made.