HC Deb 23 February 1885 vol 294 cc1039-40

asked the Postmaster General, If it is true that there is a despatch of letters from London to every part of the country on Sunday evenings; and, whether, at each great Railway terminus, there is a "too late" box, which is cleared on that night a few minutes before the departure of the train; and, if so, whether some steps cannot be taken to put an end to the difficulties of despatching letters from London to the country on Sunday by receiving letters, at any rate at each district office, on payment of an extra fee, which will prevent any but important letters being sent, and allow these to be despatched with certainty from a few centres, instead of obliging hundreds of messengers to be sent to the various Railway stations?


Two or three years ago a concession was made by which the public were allowed to post letters on Sunday evening at all the principal railway termini in London for despatch by the mail trains conveying the through mails from other parts of the country; but it was never intended to institute a regular collection; and I do not think it would be possible to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion without leading to a general collection of letters in London on Sundays.