HC Deb 24 November 1884 vol 294 c246

asked the Postmaster General, Upon what requisition, if any, or upon whose representation, was a Telegraph Office opened at Balmoral, near Belfast, and if it is a fact that such an office was not thought necessary for the requirements of the district until a few months after Mr. James M'Mullen, the superintendent of the Telegraph Department of the Belfast Post Office, went to reside in Janeville, which is in the immediate vicinity of the Balmoral Post Office; is not the creating of a Telegraph Office at Balmoral, in a rural district, and within easy distance of one of the Telegraph Receiving Offices of Belfast, virtually extending to this Mr. James M'Mullen the rights and privileges of a private wire, by placing within his reach means of easily communicating with the department of the Belfast Office, over which he is superintendent; and, if it is usual in the Post Office Service to subserve that service to the convenience of a servant of the public?


In reply to the hon. Member, I have to say that the Balmoral Office was opened for the transaction of telegraph business on the recommendation of the Postmaster of Belfast, who informs me that, at the time when he made the proposal, the Superintendent of the Belfast Telegraph Office did not reside at Janeville, nor was he aware that the Superintendent proposed to reside there.