§ DR. FOX (King's Co., Tullamore)
asked the Postmaster General, Whether he has received from the Town Commissioners of Tullamore a Memorial setting forth the grave inconvenience caused by the too early closing of the evening post in that town; and, whether he will change the time of closing till some hour not earlier than 9 o'clock.
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)
I have received the Memorial referred to by the hon. Member. The mail car from Tullamore has been despatched from Tullamore hitherto at an hour that would admit of the car reaching Moate in time to form a connection with the down night mail train on the Midland Great Western Railway; but I find that by sending the bags for the down mail by a train to Athlone, the mail car can be kept back at Tullamore till 11 p.m., thus affording a later despatch for letters to Dublin. The improvement must be confined to week days, as on Sundays there is no train 356 available for the conveyance of the bags for the down mail. I will give instructions accordingly,