HC Deb 25 April 1887 vol 313 cc1786-7

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that ''cartes télégrammes," similar to postcards, of various values, inclusive of reply cards, are issued in Paris, which are collected every five minutes from special boxes and transmitted by pneumatic tubes to the General Post Office, and in the use of which the sender is not limited as to number of words; and, whether he will consider the advisability of introducing this system into London and other large towns?

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

I am aware that in Paris, as also in Berlin and Vienna, there are systems of pneumatic tubes, by means of which letters, telegrams, and cartes télégrammes are distributed. The question of adopting such a system in London has been considered by my Predecessors in Office, and they came to the conclusion that it was not desirable, either in the interests of the public or of the Post Office, to establish it. I have not looked into the matter myself, but will take an opportunity of doing so.