HC Deb 14 July 1887 vol 317 c765
MR. P. M'DONALD (Sligo, N.)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether the rural post office messenger of the district of Dromard, County Sligo, is also the process-server of the district; and, if so, whether a postman delivering letters along the road is permitted to carry letters in one bag and processes in another; and, whether, if this system is allowed by the Post Office Authorities, the poor people in the district along the postman's route, on coming to meet him, as is their usage, can be served with a writ or process when they expect only a letter?

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

I have directed inquiry to be made into the particular case referred to by the hon. Member; but I may state generally that in law a postman has no choice but to deliver any letter which has been posted in accordance with the Post Office Regulations. He has no means of knowing whether any such letter, when properly sealed and closed, contains any particular document. Postmen are not allowed to act as process-servers in the usual sense of the word.


In the case I refer to the processes were not enclosed in envelopes, but carried in an open bag.