HC Deb 09 June 1887 vol 315 cc1434-5

asked the Postmaster General, If he will give postal and telegraph officials an opportunity to participate in the Jubilee Celebrations of the 21st instant by arranging for a partial suspension of their work, as is the case on Good Fridays and Sundays?

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

I have already given orders that on the day fixed for the celebration of Her Majesty's Jubilee the Post Office arrangements throughout the Kingdom shall be such as to afford to the postal and telegraph officials as much relief as possible. In the Metropolis there will be one early and one late delivery of letters, and corresponding collections, instead of numerous collections and deliveries; also one delivery and one collection of parcels. Many of the post offices will be closed altogether. In the country there will be, for the most part, one delivery and one collection of letters and parcels, and the rural postmen, after completing their delivery, will be allowed to return at once to their starting points, as on Christmas Day. Throughout the country generally the post offices will be closed for postal purposes after the first delivery until the time for the making up of the evening despatches. I regret that, owing to the exigencies of the Service, complete relief cannot be given to the telegraphists on the any of the Jubilee.