HC Deb 30 March 1886 vol 304 cc252-3
MR. LANE (Cork Co., E.)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether he could recommend the Postmaster General to adopt the word "Parliament" as a registered telegraphic address in the telegraph offices of the United Kingdom, for messages sent to Members attending at Westminster, and in substitution for the words "House of Commons, London?"


asked, Whether the time of the Post Office officials could not be further saved by the adoption of an abbreviation of the word Parliament to "Parlt.?"


For the reasons which I stated in reply to a Question of the hon. Member for Northampton, it is, in the opinion of the Postmaster General, undesirable to extend the system of registered addresses for inland messages. "House Commons, London" (three words), preceded by the name of the Member, is a sufficient address without being registered, and the adoption of the word "Parliament" instead of the words "House Commons" would only save one word, while it might create confusion by including both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, for it would, of course, apply to the House of Lords. The Postmaster General has, however, the question of telegrams to both Houses under his consideration; and the suggestion of the noble Viscount that "Parliament" should be written "Parlt." will, no doubt, receive consideration.