HC Deb 25 August 1887 vol 319 c1807
MR. S. SMITH (Flintshire)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is aware that the Post and Money Order Office in Vicarage Road, Willesden, is held at a shop where beer is retailed from barrels behind the counter; and, whether he intends to continue the office at this shop?

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

In reply to the hon. Member, I may say that I am aware of the circumstances to which he alludes. As a general rule, I think it is desirable to avoid having post offices in shops where beer is sold; but in the case in question the premises were the most suitable that could be obtained at the time the office was opened; and as it has been well conducted for four years without complaint from the public I do not purpose to deprive the receiver of his office. I may add that the house is not licensed for the sale of beer to be drunk on the premises.